This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a.k.a. HB2 — the case that examines whether Texas’ abortion clinic regulations place an undue burden on a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. This is the first abortion rights case in nearly a decade to hit the Supreme Court, so it’s a pretty big deal — and the impacts are potentially devastating. If SCOTUS finds that the regulations are not overly burdensome, that sets a precedent for other states to all but do away with access to legal, safe abortions — which is what has happened in Texas.

So that’s scary — really scary! It puts into perspective the kinds of things that we fear on a more visceral, immediate level: tall bridges, caterpillars, Donald Trump’s penis. (Sorry!) I love finding out what someone’s very own personal irrational fear is because it really reveals the vast spectrum of things we can be afraid of — and often what we fear most is the least of our real concerns.

Without further ado, our chasers for this week will be the real-life, delightfully unique phobias of some of my friends, family, and colleagues. I had no idea there was such a variety of things to dread in the world — and such vicarious relief to be had reading about them. Let the following soothe you and give you strength to face the true terrors of the world.