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PostSubject: Childhood Trauma Thread.    Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:54 pm

Self-explanatory title...
I'm not going to fib; yes, I got the idea for this topic from a YouTube video. (Actual several.) Oh well, sue me.
In case you're not familiar, the idea of this discussion is just to dig into those suppressed childhood memories that you buried deep, deep down when you saw something terrifying on tv and tell everyone about it. Fun, eh?

So, here's a couple from me.
1) Ghostbusters. This is a kid-friend movie then? Ha, tell that to my seven-year-old self who inadvertently witnessed possibly the most terrifying scene from the entire movie: the part with the horrible demon monster-thing in the closet. Just sitting there. Totally silent. Gets a coat thrown on it. No one's aware of its existence. It's just sitting there waiting.
For some reason I remember the thing being more humanoid than it actually is. That stupid image of it sitting in the closest gave me the gee-willickers. In the middle of the night I would imagine it slowly rising up in front of my face to scare me. Ughhh.
2) Basically all muppets and Sesame Street. Sesame Street is kind of a weird one. I loved Almo (Or Elmo, or whatever his name is,) but always dreaded the scenes with Bert and Ernie...I don’t know why...I think it was Bert’s fault. The way he always furrowed his big, black eyebrows whenever he got angry. I’m serious, this upset me. Just recalling it makes me feel a tinge of unease, like Bert’s gonna show up in my dreams tonight and just frown at me.
Speaking of puppets, there was this one character who really terrified me; he was a human with this blue outfit whose eye bugged out of his head. He had a twisted smile on his face at all times...and his eyeball dangled around in front of his face and bounced when he made emphasis. I hated this character so much. I’d lay awake in bed at night, unable to sleep because his stupid face was hovering in front of my vision.
And oh my word...I literally just remembered something else...the thing that scared the absolute wits out of me. Scared me so badly that I suppressed the memory and haven’t thought about it in years – until now.
4) I listened to the 911 call about the chimpanzee attacking the woman.
...Somehow, this memory has eluded me for a very long time. But I honestly don’t know how, because it STILL makes me super uneasy. I’m telling you, from the moment my ears took in the horrors of that event, I haven’t exactly been the same.
It was on an episode of a show called Monster Quest, which I quite liked when I was a youngster. I’m a big paranormal buff, and while this “event” has left scars, I’m glad to say that it didn’t totally destroy my fascination with the paranormal, which I still hold to this day.
But I’m telling you, man...this episode never should have gotten made.
I’m positive you know the story. Those two women were attacked by an escaped chimp. The chimp mutilated one of the women with its BARE HANDS while the other woman ran into her car and called for help. One of the reasons this scared me so much is because that lady just abandoned her friend. Ran to her car and LOCKED HER FRIEND OUT THERE WITH THAT...THING. Didn’t even help her. Just left her alone to face the torture.
The words she spoke to the police officer will forever haunt me. They kept me awake at night for many years. One minute I’d be fine, but the next...I’d remember those words, and my heart would freeze within me.
“A CHIMP! A CHIMPANZEE! IT’S KILLING MY FRIEND!...”
LIKE YOU WERE DOING A LOT TO HELP HER, LADY!
The show never actually showed any images of the woman after the attack, thank the stars. If it had, I’m sure I would be mentally scarred. I’m still not brave enough to google any images of that lady. I know she’s quite popular and stuff, so I’ve come pretty close a couple of times to seeing a picture of her, but always succeeded in avoiding it. (I have God to thank for that.) Even though the show didn’t project anything particularly gruesome to us, it didn’t have to. The damage had been done. I was scarred for life.
I think one of the other reasons this had such an effect on me is because I’ve always been a very empathetic person; like, almost scarily so. I’ve come close to crying at stuff wouldn’t even bother other people. So watching someone in horrible danger from a bloodthirsty primate that cannot understand mercy is truly torturous for me.
I have harboured a genuine fear and dislike for chimps ever since then.
After a couple of years of suffering in silence, I finally came clean about what I was feeling to my mother. It was like getting a huge weight off my chest. I’d been carrying around that pain for ages, so it felt elevating to share it with someone else. Things got much better after that...

Sorry for the long post lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Childhood Trauma Thread.    Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:05 am

Damn man I'm sorry to hear that. I have actually seen real people get beheaded and stuff on websites and it's kept me up at night before when I first saw it. You'll never get it out of your head but it gets easier over time, and it's helped me understand the gravity of the situation when you learn something bad has happened in the world. Example. When the Paris attacks happened I was like "that's sad but it's just another attack, big deal" but then when I saw a graphic picture of some dead bodies it really hit home that people in these attacks are real people. It's easy to forget that because we hear so many terrible things on the news everyday. So I guess sometimes these things can be useful to remind me how fortunate I am and how serious things really are.

Thank you for sharing your story. But I gotta say, as someone who can watch all those terrifying execution videos and remain fine, please do not ever go look up that woman's face. I saw it on TV a few years back and it bothered me to the point of feeling ill. So if the phone call bothered you that bad don't ever look it up man. Although I must say the phone call is worse imo just because you hear the absolute terror in the woman's voice like you said.
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PostSubject: Re: Childhood Trauma Thread.    Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:20 am

Thanks for the counseling, man; I super appreciate it. I get what you mean about only realizing the gravity of certain situations after you’ve seen the more personal or visceral outcome, like a pic. Pictures have a unique ability of doing that.
For the record, sense you’ve been so nice to me, I wanted to tell you that I’m sorry you saw what you saw. I can’t even imagine seeing something on that scale. It’s horrifying. I hope you’re okay. This is the place to talk about it if you’re suffering. If you need prayer or anything, I’ll gladly give it to you.
And uh, thanks for the warning. I appreciate it a lot.

I really feel it’s important that we never allow ourselves to become accustomed to these horrible tragedies. With the rate they happen at, we tend to grow used to it. I am guilty of this 100%. Makes me envy people who get depressed every single time something like this happens because at least they FEEL something, you know?
All life is valuable, and that’s why I think no one should grow used to such things.

<Sigh> Tv's suck, I hate Tv's. XD
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PostSubject: Re: Childhood Trauma Thread.    Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:00 am

I think I was almost kidnapped once. Hear me out, it's a weird story and I was very young, but it has always stuck with me.

I used to sit on the bottom of the cart at a grocery market, because they had those high up carts. I went with my Grandma most of the time. I don't remember much else because I was probably six at the time, but my Grandma was looking at the milk when a man came up next to her. I remember it being weird because his cart was full of cans of beans. Suddenly he grabbed her cart instead of his and started walking off fast. I was freaking out but quiet because I didn't know what was going on. So I rolled quickly off the cart and ran back to my Grandma and tried to act like nothing was wrong.

what's weird is my memory fades off here. I don't remember her losing her purse which was probably in the cart, and I don't remember us getting our original cart back or going back and starting our shopping over. I don't remember that man coming back either. The more I think about it, I feel like it could've been a number of things: it could've been an actual mistake and the guy grabbed the wrong cart, but I doubt it. I also figure he may have been trying to steal my Grandma's purse, and not noticed anyone was on the bottom of the cart, which seems more likely since I don't remember being chased when I rolled off the cart. Still, the what if's of the memory still scare me today.

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PostSubject: Re: Childhood Trauma Thread.    Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:52 pm

When I was 8, A bug crawled on my shoulder in the middle of the night, but I didn't realize it until I walked in front of the bathroom mirror and saw it crawling over my shoulder. This scared me so badly that it somehow snowballed into spending 3 months of 3rd grade in constant fear, to the point where I was afraid to swallow my own saliva, let alone eat something. I was scared of bugs, ghosts, dragons, Shrek 4, Endless Ocean: Blue World, and a ton more. I still do have fears and anxiety attacks, especially now.

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PostSubject: Re: Childhood Trauma Thread.    Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:36 pm

I used to be petrified by anything involving time limits in video games (to the point where if the timer was running down while someone else was playing a game, I'd leave the room... I think the intensifying music freaked me out a bit). That stupid water level in the NES TMNT game was a particularly bad offender Rolling Eyes

There were some other silly things that used to scare me - usually in videos directed for kids, lol - but when I look back at them now, I don't even know why I hated them so much. They weren't even creepy at all.
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