I close my eyes and hold my breath in an elevator. Am I alone?

Have I ever been stuck on an elevator ?

Illustrations by Julia of the Bagel-Juice Lion Blog http://www.juliaicenogle.com/2008_05_01_archive.html

No!

Not as far as I can remember.

However I close my eyes and hold my breath every time I’m in elevators.

In rare occasions I have a very mild panic attack.

‘ What if I get stuck in here and no one ever finds me?’

‘ What if it malfunctions and I drop down so many floors and find myself in hell boy’s residence?’

‘What if the lights go off and count Dracula drains my blood?’

‘What if the person standing next to me is an assassin or serial killer?’

‘Will I really get to the 15th floor in one piece?’

God forbid if I had to go to the 100th floor and meet Frankenstein’s Monster!

I mean it would have been much easier if I was certain that Bruce Willies would Die Hard for me

Or

That Buffy was my personal slayer!

I find it strange that I have such a wild imagination.

I don’t watch that many horror movies of monsters and elevators.

I just imagine what if that were to happen and I’m inside that enclosed elevator space?

Does this qualify for elevator phobia? Does such a thing exist?

It’s Halloween y’all so creep on some one in an elevator and scare the pants out of them.

And if you ever wondered about elevator phobia then the article below should be a great read 😀

What is the Fear of Elevators?

By Lisa Fritscher, About.com Guide

Updated May 29, 2012

Question: What is the Fear of Elevators?

Although it has no official “phobia” name, the fear of elevators is relatively common. According to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, over 210 billion passengers use elevators in the U.S. and Canada each year. Yet many people feel at least a slight nervousness when contemplating a long elevator ride. In some people, the fear of elevators is triggered by an existing phobia, but the fear often appears alone. Like any phobia, the fear of elevators ranges from mild to severe.

Answer:

Related Phobias

Elevators are a common trigger for claustrophobia and agoraphobia. Claustrophobia is defined as the fear of enclosed spaces. As a relatively small and confined box, it is easy to see how an elevator could cause a claustrophobic reaction. Agoraphobia is the fear of being trapped in a situation in which escape would be difficult or impossible should a panic attack occur. Those with agoraphobia typically avoid “clusters” of related situations, and many people with agoraphobia have no problem with elevators at all. Nonetheless, an elevator would be difficult to escape, and it is not unusual for agoraphobia sufferers to avoid elevators.

Previous Experiences

Many phobias can be traced to a frightening previous experience. Those who have been stuck in an elevator, even briefly, may be more likely to develop an elevator phobia. However, the experience need not have happened to you. Elevators are prominently featured in many horror movies, Halloween events and other scary pop culture moments. On the rare occasion that something goes wrong with an elevator in real life, the story is constantly rebroadcast for days in mainstream media, and the video may circulate on the Internet for years. Watching something scary happen in an elevator may be enough to trigger this fear.

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