Do you have a fear of heights? You're hardly alone. Acrophobia, or fear of heights, is one of the most common phobias affecting folks. Not to brag, but I don't mind heights—not that I super enjoy them or anything (I'm not a freak, OK?), but they're fine. Like, flying around on airplanes or high floors on skyscrapers aren't things that particularly phase me. But I know it would more than phase plenty of people. And in a virtual sense, there's a slew of videos sure to send any acrophobe into a serious panic attack.
But! I'm not compiling these as a personal attack against humans who aren't stoked to board a plane. I'm not trying to ruin anyone's day or life. In fact, one could argue (and I just might) that I'm only trying to help. As it turns out, exposure therapy is one of the most effective ways to work to successfully cure acrophobia. That makes sense, after even cursory consideration. Unknown experiences are always scarier when kept completely foreign and unfamiliar. Think about how much creepier monsters are in movies when only insinuated by sounds and shadows. When we do finally see the beast in all its truly horrific (as in, horrifically bad) prosthetics and weird makeup, it's kind of a laugh. Right? Right! So let's get healing:
Daring in Dollywood
The idea of a Dolly Parton theme park likely doesn't strike much fear. And it shouldn't! The woman is a total boss. However, this specific ride could be pretty dang fearsome for a person afflicted with acrophobia.
The design of this specific roller coaster in Cedar Point is supposed to make the person riding feel like there's nothing keeping them safe. Well, not specifically, but the track are designed in a way to mimic the feeling of falling from stupid heights.
A: Very very very high.
Quite different from the glass ceiling but almost as scary.
This dude tightrope walking over Niagra Falls is enough to scare both people who fear heights and, y'know, raging rapids.
OK, so this guy falling down a snow-covered mountain?? No thank you. No thank you very much.
Eesh. I cannot. But she can. Comfortably, it seems.
Hong Kong heights
I know I said earlier heights don't freak me out, but I lied. This freaks me out.