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Do you ever get the heebie-jeebies? How about the willies or the all overs?

They’re really all the same thing: that nervous feeling you get when something just isn’t quite right but you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong. The hairs on the back of your neck all stand to attention as you look around you wondering what brought on the panic your body is suddenly feeling.

Other words used to describe the same feeling:

goose bumps

The last time I had the heebie-jeebies was several months back when I walked by a man in town. He never said a word to me, but all the hairs on the back of my neck stood at rapt attention as I passed him.

Hope you’ll leave a comment and tell me about the last time you had the heebie-jeebies.


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    Mary Lou McKillip
    November 3, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Tipper one evening just about dusty dark I was sitting in front porch enjoying the evening breeze I heard a woman scream or what I thought was a woman scream but the sound was getting closer and then almost above the bank above the house I jumped up and ran inside after it dawned on me it was a planter . Mana said they sounded like a woman screaming

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    November 3, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Tipper when my mother was alive we were walking home from Prayer meeting at church our church was in walking distance of church. It was pitch dark that night we had a dump flashlight and we walked by an old Apple tree by the side of the road all a once sounded like a chain fell behind us. We turned and spotted nothing behind us. We both had the hair stand up on back of our head and broke and ran . Later as we pondered it over it scared us more someone might been in the apple tree but we never saw anything behind us.

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    October 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    I had all the above back in Aug. when our Daughter was in ICU for near 2 weeks, quess that was as afraid as I’d evers been in my life.

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      Kimberly warren
      October 29, 2019 at 11:07 pm

      Sitting at home alone last week. Nobody was here but me and my dog. I know what a house settling sounds like and this was NOT that. For several hours I sat and listened to sound from upstairs and eventually in the carpet directly next to me in the carpeted stairs. My dog was on high alert staring and growling. I made an inspection of the upstairs early on in the night. I was fully expecting a person to be there… and THAT prospect gave me heebie-jeebies!! Once I confirmed no one was HUMAN that is…I sat and laughed at the noises the rest of the night. It was absolutely INSANE!

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        October 30, 2019 at 1:52 pm

        Definatly a visitation of some sort ..try smudging with sage to clear away… open a door or window for it to leave thru.

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    Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
    October 29, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    The last time was when we we went to talk to a financial planner in his office in a different town. It was a formality after the passing of my husband’s aunt. As we walked into the office, I got the heebie-jeebies really bad and the smell of rotten fruit almost overwhelmed me. So much so that I asked about the rotten fruit. Both ladies in the office looked at me like they’d seen a hant. Eyes popped open and mouths hung. They said they never smelled it, but a medium had told them that meant that the spirit of the woman who used to live there was about. Apparently, she was the mistress of a well-to-do man who lived across the street and the townspeople didn’t take kindly to her. They used to throw fruit and vegetables at her house (the house we were in). Sure didn’t help my heebie-jeebies!

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    sheryl paul
    October 29, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Watching certain movies give me the Heebie Jeebies. I tend to think of heebie jeeibies as scary and the creeps as disgusting.

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    Yecedrah Higman
    October 29, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Just this morning I had a case of the hee bee jee bees’ This has happened to me several times since my husband and I bought this house 3 years ago. I was sitting in the living room drinking my coffee about 6:00 am when this really sweet smell was very suddenly around me and it left as quickly as it came. We live in a rural area so no neighbors really close. It just makes feel uneasy not knowing where it is coming from,

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    October 29, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I’ve had the heebie-jeebies a few times; once when I went by myself up in the woods to a pioneer cemetery to wash the headstone of my great-grandmother, it was an erie feeling and I finished as fast as I could and got out of there. The other time my husband and I had been walking through an old Zoo and stopped and looked at male lion that was securely held behind a rod iron fence. We walked on past his enclosure and was going down a path when he let out a low roar that grew. That was the first time the hair on the back of my neck stood up. I told my husband and he said his had too. We both knew the lion was in a lock down place but none the less our bodies reacted to that sound.

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    aw griff
    October 29, 2019 at 9:10 am

    About 15 years ago I climbed a steep hill to hang a deer stand. This was at the head of nowhere with no roads to get there and no houses any where close. When I reached the top I went to looking for the right tree to hang my stand. I hadn’t been there very long until I felt someone or some animal watching me. The feeling was so strong I should have went back over the hill but instead I found a nice chestnut oak to place my stand and starting placing steps on the tree. All the time looking for whatever was watching me. When through hanging the stand I set in it for several minutes looking the whole place over. Nothing out of the ordinary could be seen but I still had the strong feeling something was watching me. Climbed out of tree and headed for the jeep in the holler. I should have paid attention to my esp. When I came back the next day my new deer stand was gone.

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    Joe Mode
    October 29, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Hmmm, for us guys growing up, you got the heebie-jeebies when you made water, or urinated, an unexplainable shake or shiver while peeing. Anyone else?

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      Ed Ammons
      October 29, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      When my son was in diapers I would seen him shiver just like you describe and I would holler “Dusty needs a diaper!” Yvonne would yell back “Well, you know where they are!”

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    October 29, 2019 at 8:37 am

    When you get that uneasy feeling that something or somebody is not right, you best pay attention. A few times in my life I have encountered those who just give me the creeps. Terms that come to mind are 6th sense, uneasy feeling, or intuition which seems to be mostly referred to as “women’s intuition.” Maybe intuition is nothing more than a combination of all our learning giving us an idea of the probably outcome of a given situation. It is real, but I don’t know how it could be explained scientifically.
    One instance I can think of is many years ago I worked front desk at a popular chain motel. When I was made manager the first thing I did was take the master key from its handy location in the cash register and place it in the safe. In my recollection it was about a month later when there was an actual hold up late at night with everything confiscated from the register. The Innkeeper was overjoyed to learn the Master key had been moved from the register, as he said all locks would have had to be changed. This was not necessarily a smart move on my part, but was instead a “feeling” that the key belonged elsewhere in a less accessible location. I don’t think I was even mature enough to realize the repercussions from a missing master key. It was extremely rare to have to use it, because there was always a spare to the rooms. They probably had placed that key there since the motel opened. Almost anybody can look back and find how something guided them out of a sticky situation. I got a “feeling” once to not take my toy poodle back to a specific groomer after years of using the same one. A longer drive, but started her with another groomer, and when I went back he said somebody had been extremely rough with grooming her prior. I still feel bad about that, and I could not prove anything, because little fur babies cannot tattle.Just wished I had gotten that “feeling” earlier that time.

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    b. Ruth
    October 29, 2019 at 8:02 am

    There is a girl looking out of he top window….gives me the creeps….
    Thanks for this post…I’ve heard most, jimjams not so much…

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      Wanda Devers
      October 29, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Oh, Lord I believe there is! I had to go back & look.

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      Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
      October 29, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      Thank goodness you saw her, too! Raised full-fledged hackles!

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      October 29, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks for pointing the girl out. I would have totally missed it. And once I found her, it instantly gave me goose bumps. I sometimes call it the willy nillys.

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    Bill Burnett
    October 29, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I’ve had all of the aforementioned. I can’t remember the last such time I had them but it’s amazing what will trigger same. Amazingly we find that these feelings were warranted when something untoward happens to validate the condition. Many times they are brought on by a premonition that something just isn’t kosher about a person or an action.

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    Don Byers
    October 29, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Last time I had the heebie-jeebies a horrible scream that began as a low growl woke us up at 4am. It was a big cat that a neighbor Calvin had seen a few days before. I saw his or her “sign” several times for a few weeks on my morning walk and then no more. That scream chilled us to the bone!

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      Ed Ammons
      October 29, 2019 at 9:30 am

      We have big Cat’s here from time to time too. The biggest I think I’ve personally seen is a D9 but other claim to have seen bigger. They do leave marks behind. I’ve seen where they have torn the bark off and even ripped up whole trees. That “horrible scream” you describe is probably the turbo going bad.

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