50 Terrifying Pics To Show Why The Fear Of Deep Water Is Real, As Shared On This Online Group
Thalassophobia is a persistent and intense fear of deep bodies of water such as the ocean or sea. What makes this phobia different than aquaphobia — the fear of water in general — is the fact that it centers on vastness, darkness, and depth. People who have this condition are not terrified of getting wet, but rather the might and mystique behind the waves.
While thalassophobia is not recognized as a distinct disorder by the DSM-5, the diagnostic manual of mental disorders used by psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, it's still relatively common. And the subreddit of the same name is a vivid example of that. Created in June 2013, it unites 969,000 thalassophobes, sharing triggers and discussing symptoms.
So, in an attempt to shed some light on this community, we at Bored Panda decided to put together a list of their most popular posts.
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Kayaking With The Giants!
Grand Turks 700 Ft Drop
Online groups that get this big often suffer from huge streams of content that flood them with questionable pictures and videos, diminishing the overall experience of browsing them, but this subreddit manages to stay clean. Part of it can be attributed to the clear rules that promote being nice and courteous, and allow no jokes, memes, or cartoons, no reposts, and no gore.
But of course, having an active moderator team that make sure members adhere to these rules helps tremendously as well.
We contacted the moderators of 'Thalassophobia' and they were kind enough to have a little chat with us.
"Our core mod group has 4 active members, which is a small team for a subreddit of our size," they told Bored Panda. "Compared to other subreddits of our size, we don't feel like we police posts or comments as much. The reason we do so little policing can probably be explained by our subreddit's niche context that revolves around a very specific set of inoffensive content. We're just a bunch of people sharing stories, images, and videos of bodies of water that leave us in awe, wonder, and trepidation. Whenever we do police content, it's usually because it's a repost or focuses on a sea creature rather than the vastness of the ocean or the unknown depths of a body of water. We prefer for the ocean/water to play the primary role in content."
Orcas In The Waves
This Seaweed Through Clear Water
I saw this picture and my anxiety just got turned up FULL BLAST
The mods said the 'Thalassophobia' community is very passionate and filled with both ocean-fearing and ocean-loving people. "Based on previous polls we've had in the subreddit, it's split roughly 50/50 between those [two groups]."
"Although half of the community loves the ocean, everyone understands that there are people with a phobia of large/deep bodies of water and everyone is respectful of that in their posts and comments. It's a great community to be a moderator in," they explained.
Specific phobias tend to fall into these five categories:
- Animal type;
- Blood-injection type;
- Natural-environment type;
- Situational type;
Thalassophobia is usually considered to belong to the natural-environment type. These fears are experienced more frequently, with some studies also suggesting that water-related phobias are more common among women.
"Uhhhh, There's More Than Just Kelp And Angelfish Down Here, Over"
British Underwater Photographer Of The Year Winner 2022
Words Fail Me
Is To Me Or Are Black Tiled Pools Terrifying
Thalassophobia shares symptoms with other specific phobias, such as claustrophobia, and includes:
- Sudden onset of anxiety or fear;
- Shaking and trembling;
- Dry mouth;
- Increased heart rate or heart palpitations;
- Difficulty breathing, including hyperventilating;
- Chest pain;
- Fear of losing control.
Taken Off The Coast Of Southern California 2 Weeks Ago
The Pacific Ocean
The Deadliest Stream In The World - It Looks Normal, But Underneath It Is Full Of Caves Of Powerful Fast Moving Water That Will Drag You Down. 100% Fatality Rate
The causes of specific phobias, including thalassophobia, are not entirely understood, and often differ from case to case. But according to a common explanation, it's usually a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Research shows that certain genes are associated with certain specific phobias, but as of yet no studies have looked at the genetics behind thalassophobia in particular. However, following the Darwinian theory of evolution, there should still be at least some.
“The Big One”
When You Fear Of Flying And Your Fear Of Water Meet Each Other
The are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the air!
Beach Weather Is Upon Us!
The Eye Of S(E)auron.
Think of it like this: our ancestors also came across deep bodies of water, and those who were cautious of the dangers they possessed may have avoided them, living longer to pass down their genes. This theory is supported by research that indicates that specific phobias are moderately heritable.
Although the exact percentage can vary, it has been found, for example, that for animal phobias, heritability is around 45%.
A Howling Abyss
Deep Water Swell
An Entire Street Submerged In The Deep
Underwater Path. Magical Zakynthos Caves, Greece
Thalassophobia could also be caused by traumatic events, such as a childhood near-drowning experience, witnessing a shark attack, never learning to swim, or even being told scary stories of the ocean.
By associating a specific situation, such as being in deep water, with a panic response, over time a phobia of that situation can develop.
Because All My Friends Say This Photo Of Me Freediving Gives Them The Willies
Start adding dark shapes in the backgrounds when you show them pictures. Items like Thomas the trains face, rubber duck, sushi rolls Cthulhu are common items that you could sneak in
Storm Coming Soon
Could That Be The Megalodon's Den?
Taken From A Fishing Boat In Antartica
Phobias are chronic conditions that can worsen over the course of life and limit one's relationships and activities. The good thing is that they are also highly treatable, although the process isn't always pleasant.
But only about 10-25% of people with a specific phobia ultimately seek help. This is likely due to avoidance behaviors, since treating a specific phobia does often involve confronting the feared stimuli.
The Image That Started It All
Jacob's Well In Texas
An Abandoned, Flooded Mineshaft
Guadalupe Island, The Most Terrifying Place On This Planet
Exposure therapy is a popular and effective choice for treating specific phobias, including fear of the sea. During it, a person faces their feared stimuli in increasing levels of intensity.
For someone with thalassophobia, this might start with looking at photos of the sea on this subreddit, escalate to watching videos of the ocean or deep water, then visiting a big pool and taking a trip to the ocean. Through controlled exposure, the person learns that the feared stimulus itself is not dangerous, and they can begin to associate it with more positive outcomes.
There’s Something Particularly Terrifying About The Idea Of Water You Can’t Even Float In
They put these signs on the aeration tanks at water purification plants. While there have been a few people who have fallen in and drowned, whether or not aeration would cause a human not to float hadn't really been tested until more recently. It turns out humans can float in an aeration tank, and it's now thought that those who drowned died of other complications. They still keep the signs up, though, since the tanks are still dangerous in general, and also because they're full of icky water that no one should really want to be in.
The Bottom Of An Iceberg
Whirlpools Are Actually Terrifying, You Guys
Whirlpools are basically just like toilets being flushed, but bigger
Swimming Next To A Ship In The Open Ocean, Miles From Land
That dude in the middle- is he drowning? Is he calling out for help? Is he waving to the camera? Is he voguing?
A Diver Riding A Giant Underwater Worm (Pyrosoma Atlanticum)
i am not really scared of water, but i am scared of that worm!
Brine Pools Are Just The Scariest Shit
Apparently This Is The Sunken Goddess Sculpture- That’s All I Know But Look At How Big It Is!
Walked About 30 Minutes Out During Low Tide To Read This!
This Is An Under-Ice Observation Tube In Mcmurdo Station, Antarctica
Depth: Infinite Ft
Kids, who’s ready to go on the bottomless pit water slide? It feels like it never ends!
This Grounded Ship Looking Like A Giant Meg
Anybody Who Wants To Take A Dip?
Row Row Row Your Boat
That Last Point Made Me Double Take
If you hear a rubble in the sea and it makes you want to pee...
Fresh Water Always Creeped Me Out More Than The Ocean. The General Low Visibility And Feeling "Enclosed" With Whatever Was In The Water Was Always Gnawing At The Back Of My Mind.
Hah the myth about that particular dolphin. They are shapshifting tricksters that will try to drown you and turn you into a dolphin and then morph into you and take your place in your family.
This Would Scare Me Tf Out
Flip (Floating Instrument Platform), A Ship Flipping Vertically To Study The Behavior Of Sound Waves Underwater
Going Through Old Pics, Thought I Would Drop This Here
Just a friendly shark debating if they are worth a selfie. (Upper right look for dark shape)
Black Lined Pools Are A Thing… And They’re Terrifying
Pretty sure this is just an entrance to the Upside-down.
It's A Nice Peaceful Day Until You Get A Glimpse Of What Lies Beneath
Found This Gem On Tumblr
Note: this post originally had 142 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.
I found these pictures mostly beautiful and calming. Water is my element.
Same here. Now l just want to go swimming!
Same! I love the water!
For me, they are fascinating and exhilarating.
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If you can't touch the bottom it doesn't matter how deep the water is. Never understood why someone thinks swimming in a 100' deep water hole is more frightening then swimming in an 8' deep hole. Granted there's more likely to be a mega monster in the 100' foot but that's usually not what people claim to be afraid of. So many just say nope it's too deep... can't see the bottom... I guess it's all perspective.
I definitely have this phobia, and for me it isn’t depth it is absolutely “can’t see the bottom” which means “I can’t see what might be below me”. I have been scuba diving in very deep but very clear ocean water and it was fine. I have done swims across a small freshwater lake where I KNOW the biggest creature is no threat to me, and my brain staring into the infinity below me starts hallucinating giants just out of sight below me. I think it is that humans aren’t used to having “from below” as a direction of potential threat. Add in that anything down there would be completely silent as it approached and my brain just starts sweating in my skull. So much nope.
I have the same thing. It's not the depth but the inability to see where it ends.
Human imagination is both wonderful and terrible!!! Good point about threat direction. Glad you've enjoyed diving. I love it.... but my best dives were night dives. I'm guessing you wouldn't enjoy those so much. For me getting in the water at night was the hardest part but once in... pure magic!!
YES! Its when I cant see the bottom.
I feel like I’m gonna fall. Like I’ll just lose buoyancy and down I’ll go
At least in the 8ft pool I can see the bottom and I can see what is there...generally, except for other swimmers, there shouldn't be anything else alive in it.