Arachnophobia or fear of Spiders - huntsman - and other phobias

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Spiders My Phobia

Spiders......yuk how I hate them. Not so much the small bodied ones, with long legs like the Daddy Long Legs (very common in Australia), in fact if I went and had a look now I would find one in a corner of the room.

No, I mean the BIG... Big hairy legged ones that in Australia are called "Huntsman".

You can be peacefully going along minding your own business and you look up and, lo and behold as if by magic, there right on the wall is a Huntsman and it seems to be about 1 metre in diameter. You don't know where it came from (it wasn't there 1 minute ago was it). I'm sure they have the ability to become invisible and reappear at will . Worse still is when you wake up after a beautiful nights sleep, open your eyes and yep you guessed it. there stretched out in the corner staring down at you with those unblinking eyes is "THE HUNTSMAN".


Huntsman Spider - Don't try this at home !

I Tried Hypnotism

On a more serious note, some 30 odd years ago I did discuss this phobia (yes I'm quite prepared to admit that I have a Phobia about spiders) with my GP and he suggested that I consult a Hypnotist to see if he could help.

So I went along to see this Hypnotist and after about 4 consultations and my pocket about 100 pound lighter I found that I was very relaxed and decided to face my greatest fears (pay attention:- The Spiders ).

Sorry, not cured still sh.. frightened. So much for that!!!.


Survival Mode

Anyway believe it or not, this fear I have came to my rescue, let me tell you a little anecdote:- My family and I travelled to South Africa and we were staying in a hotel in Johannesburg. This hotel had thatched ceilings and was a very nice place. The very first night we were there we packed ourselves into bed and at about 2am , from a dead sleep I sat bolt upright and told my wife to get out of bed. We turned the light on and there hanging by a thread was a BIG black spider, I swear it was at least 6 inches across. Well maybe not quite that big. But I swear that the rest of the story is true.

I would sure like to hear any other stories or odd phobias, and rest assured there will be no sh.. hung or mockery because I know only too well what's its like to be afraid and not knowing what can be done to take it away.

I've heard that sometimes to just talk about it can help.

Tapping

Tapping

I was so impressed by the comment from my friend and fellow blogger Amanda Severn about Tapping  that I carried out further research and thought you may be interested in what I found.

Tapping or to give it the official name "Emotional Freedom Technique", was created by Gary Craig. Emotional Freedom Technique itself is based on Thought Field Therapy.

Tapping is a simple but effective technique somewhere in between hypnosis, meditation, and acupressure. You can learn it in a matter of minutes and it is claimed that applies instant relief to stressful situations in your life.
Amanda has pointed us at a YouTube video to look at for an example.

Here is a brief expanation of Tapping from the website.

"Tapping Balances the Nervous System
When we tap, we say the belief out loud to bring up the corresponding emotion in the nervous system. Then we tap the various points to reset the system. Each point is the end of a nerve channel in the body. Tapping sends a shockwave down that channel.

There is no easy way to know which nerve channel is holding a particular emotion, so we just tap them all. Sometimes when you have done a lot of tapping you'll be able to just feel where it is, and you'll feel it clear as you tap it.

When the emotion is gone, your mind is no longer attached to the belief. Suddenly your mind is free to re-process it, and realise it isn't true or that there are easy ways around it."



I will be doing some experimenting with this method and I'll keep you up date on how it is coming along.

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very interesting story and I enjoyed reading it. I have a phobia of peach skin and I must peel a peach before I can eat it :). My grandpa interestingly has the same phobia and shared how he was scared when his brother chased him around the house with a peach. My worst fear or fears is when some rubs a peach against my skin.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Sweetiepie ,

It's funny how different people react to different things.

My only thoughts of peaches, apart from enjoying the taste, is how our babies bum felt after they had their bath and were powdered all up. (We might have softer peaches in Australia).

Oh well as they say in the classics it takes all sorts. and thanks for your kind comments.


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earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Hi again AGVUPES, This sort of honest exposure could lead to a whole set of hubs on phobias.

I have no fear of spiders but I can relate to the fear side of it only too well when I am in water.

I think my phobia is water. I do wash and take showers!

I mean I cannot swim in the sea, because a wave might wash over me. I do not go in deep water either.

Is this a real phobia, or am I just afraid of drowning?


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for the comment earnesthub 

Its nice to know your phobia has not stopped you taking showers. You intimated that you could swim and I have always been lead to believe that someone who can swim will more than likely survive.

Here's a personal example:- 

When I was about 6 or 7 my big brother (about 16)took me swimming at the deep sea baths in Port Phillip Bay at Brighton (Victoria Australia) and stupid me asked him to teach me to swim. He said OK, and he certainly did.

He took me out to the end of the baths picked me up and threw me off the diving board. Boy did I learn to swim and quick, he told me afterwards he wouldn't have let me drown. I thought that was REAL nice of him.

Maybe you had the same sort of experience when you were a kid.

Keep up the good work


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Wow, I love spiders! Bigger the better. Not, that I still play with them these days, but I've got some very fond memories about spiders. Once I even slept in a same tent as one cute black widow http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_widow_spider ... Poor creature was 'executed' next day, while packing the tent. Of course, I didn't believe that was a black widow, but my friend was persistent and took the body to the local vet, who 'officially recognized' it. I should stop telling about my extensive experiences with spiders not to scare too many people on Hubpages. If one did live in a house older than thousand years (as me), one knows there are pretty old and large spiders as regular occupants, as well. These days, I am much more occupied by studying 'Google spider and its characteristics to serve him as good as possible and to rank my web sites as high in Google as possible -)


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Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

I hate spiders! It's not a phobia, I just don't like them. My sister is another story. She is terrified of spiders!! One day, she almost drove her car off the road because there was a little spider sitting on her dashboard "looking at her".


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

G'day SS, the black widow looks about the size of the "red back" , as the old song goes found under the toilet seat. They don't worry me too much, only the ones that seem to have a 3ft wing span.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Anna Marie, Thanks for sharing your story. You just made me shudder, sorry, not you, your story just made me shudder. It bought back the memory of the day I was driving along the Freeway with a car load of passengers, and over the top of my sunglasses I could see appearing around the edge of the sun visor a long set of hairy legs. I very nervously managed to navigate to the side of the road without letting on that there was anything happening as there would have been total panic, they were all as scared as me of spiders. It was a Huntsman (pictured above) we had to get it out because no one would drive the car while it was still around.


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earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

I was listening to the radio book show on ABC just now, and the book discussion was spiders.

A book called "The Secret Live of Spiders" was featured and after hearing what the writer had to say about spiders and their fascinating human like behavior, this is a must read for all who fear them.

Authorative information, (and this guy really knows his subject) may be a way to work on correcting the fear based on trained reactions and to dispel myths. .

On a personal level I can relate to what solarshingles says best, but then I was the only 4 year old I knew who had a huge huntsman for a pet.

He was a real pet to me, and I cried when I found him dead one morning.He was buried with honour.

My children are not afraid of spiders, but my 15 year old grandaughter enjoys a little drama, and gets me to remove her spiders for her with the old glass and paper trick. I really feel for anyone who is scared of our furry friends, but I am also horrified that important and wonderful spiders are killed rather than relocated and feel this book may give the spiders a fair go by educating.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks Earnesthub.

From what I've experienced over the years, a lot of fear of things be it spiders ,water etc. seem to be transerred from parent to child.

The question raised from this is:- Is the fear a genetic or aquired fear?


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Our reaction to spiders is pretty funny. Spiders have been occupants of this beautiful planet Earth for more than 400 million years, and we as humans in the present form as Homo Sapiens have been present only about 100.000, years, if...(I'm talking about present physical form, because our close ancestors were about 2.5 million years old). I believe, that spiders have been truly reached their best in their 400 million years of mutations, developing and adopting to new living conditions. I admire life in any form from the tiniest virus, which is 'obsessed' with fast reproduction to the largest and gracious whale. Spiders are only one of the living species and writers, artists, entertaining and show business industry of Hollywood haven't done nothing good for them. If we would have known, how spiders contribute their part to the mother nature in clearing insects and other bugs, we would have appreciated them much more.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

How right you are Solarshingles, the species surely has been betrayed by Hollywood. The more I see and understand how arachnids fit into the echo system the more I appreciate their beauty. Long live Animal Planet.


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SpotCoolStuff.com 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA USA

I have a friend who has a phobia of red. She can't follow red cars, talk to your while you are wearing a red sweater, or even sit on a red seat!


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Wow RED eh, would be very interesting to find the source of that phobia?.

Good thing she doesn't live in Boston.


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Hovalis 8 years ago from Australia

I have two phobias: Snakes and Leeches. The first one is understandable, since I grew up in an area with deadly snakes, and we were living close enough to the edge of town that they would sometimes end up under the house! Leeches ::shudder:: we just won't go there. :-)

Spiders I can understand. After all, there are enough deadly ones and they can get in almost anywhere. Great hub. I give it a thumbs up.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Hovalis, With me I don't  think its the fact that spiders are deadly or not but that they just appear out of nowhere. And when your'e walking out in the dark and you walk through a web you wonder if youv'e picked up a passenger .

I'm leaving that big picture up the top to try and desensitise myself. It's coming up Huntsman season.

I'm right with you on leeches, I'm lucky where we live is not all that wet and we do not see any leeches.

Thanks for the thumbs up.


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

I am really scared of snakes. Even when I go for walks if there is some movement in the bushes I feel very scared of a snake or something.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Countrywomen, thanks for sharing your fear of snakes I have a very healthy respect for them myself. I was raised in the city and did not see a snake in the wild until I was about 18.

I don't know what type of snakes you have where you live (Washington I believe) but it does pay to be cautious of snakes. They are protected here in Australia.

Experts I have spoken to say that a snake will not go out of its way to attack you,only if you threaten it in someway. Advise I have been given is to carry a stick, such as a walking stick, when in the bush. I think you have more to fear from other things than snakes if you are walking in the bushes.


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

I saw a cobra right in the middle of the road when I was about 12 years old. I was totally paralyzed and couldn't even move. It just looked at me and slipped into the bushes. Now coming to the stick I do keep stick but I am sure when the need arises I wouldn't be able to use it. I wonder how those snake catchers put the stick right on the neck and catch it. Btw what are the other things in bushes one needs to be careful of? In washington we don't have any poisonous snakes due to slightly colder climate.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Well countrywomen in Australia we do have a number of animals able to inflict serious injury to the unsuspecting tourists. Kangaroos are one example, they can be quite large 7feet tall and can be aggressive. Wild boars are also quite dangerous. They have large tusks and can charge with no provocation.


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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

Hi agvulpes

You've opened a real can of worms here! As a hypnotist I've talked to people with any number of strange fears and phobias. It's amazing what people find to be afraid of. I'm sorry that your hypnotist failed to cure you and that it was such an expensive experience. Hypnotism doesn't work on everyone, but you might try 'tapping' (also known as EFT) which I've known to have good results. You can probably find a good explanation on the net of how to do it for yourself, but meanwhile here's a clip off youtube to give you an idea:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGJlsnAKaR0


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Amanda, what great info. Some supreme being must be looking over my shoulder because just last night on a current affair show there was a segment on "tapping" and I was going to follow it up!

Also strangely enough, I watched the clip on youtube of Dr.Peter, and in another life my name just happens to be Peter. Is this the reason I was led to HubPages?


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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

Who knows Fox, the world works in mysterious ways. I have a brother named Peter BTW


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

I am scared of spiders, but never kill them. I have to ask though, if they are more scared of us than we are of them, then why do they always seem to run towards us?


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starrkissed 8 years ago from Arizona

Great hub. I've always been afraid of spiders. I don't care if they are smaler than a crumb lol.


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Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

Nice hub! I'm not necessarily afraid of spiders, but can't stand to even look at pictures of snakes. Only kill spiders if they are poisonous, which we have a number of here in Florida.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Misty thanks for dropping by. You raise a good question, my initial response is, sheer panic, and struggle to survive, how would you like it if someone 100 ft tall was looking down at you, and gonna stomp you with a size 10 boot.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Starrkissed, Thanks for the comment, and I guess it depends on the type of crumb to which you refer! I'm with you on the size, in this case it really doesn't matter!


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

G'Day Jerrilee Wei, I'm glad I didn't put up any snake pictures, you may not have dropped by. We have poisonious spiders in Australia, one to mention is the red back, and the funnel web both very toxic. Thanks for the comment.


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gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

my pbobia is of wire hangers, they scare the crap out of me! Afarid they will poke my eye out!


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

I love kangaroos and can't imagine them to be dangerous. I once saw them in a zoo with the baby kangaroo in the pouch they are so cute. Are they wildly seen like rabbits? And coming to wild boars I always thought they were afraid of us(I read too many Asterix comics where obelix always eats wild boar)... hehe


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Gwendymom, yer you sure got to watch those wirey little buggers, hanging around waiting to pounce! I think you have just cause to be cautious because I was attacked by one once! There I was going along minding my own business , reached into the wardrobe to get my coat then BAM! right in the eye. Shit I said what was that. When I looked in, all I could see was this hanger staring back at me as if to say "You can't have that coat it's mine". It was after all a Wooden one and I find them to be a bit more fiesty than the mundane old wiries. Go figure!

Would you agree with that assessment?


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gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

I don't know those wire one sure are a shifty bunch. I guess I just have a thing about protecting my eyes, from everything.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I don't mind spiders, all that much. It's those damned webs. You're just walking through the house, minding your own business, and WHAM! A big ole facefull of sticky web. Gives me the willies, I tell ya.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks BTE you raked up some old memories for me, when I was an apprentice many years ago I had to crawl under old houses to run telephone cables. Talk about the willies, with spider webs and other things? YuK!


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

I don't think I have any honest-to-god- phobias, but I'm not crazy about spiders. I had one of those rustic upbringings as a kid (for a while) where we caught everything we could get our hands on (big snakes, spiders, strange things) so maybe I got used to it. Of course, I don't do that anymore. I still see a lot of garter snakes - some of them pretty big - and as a kid it was like they were saying "pick me up and play with me". Now I leave them alone but I'm not afraid of them. I can understand the spider thing. Taratula's are particularly creepy. I think it's all that hair.

Great hub! Maybe you should write more of these, as suggested by someone above. Link them all together. You could get some good traffic! Thanks!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

Dude, spiders are satan. That is all that needs to be said. Your "phobia" is actually your soul manifesting the ability to detect raw evil. Be happy you have that gift. Many people don't.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Shades my sentiments exactly could not have said it any better, totally evil.


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi Ag,

I don't like spiders.  I am not petrified of them, but hate them just the same.  I was lying in bed reading a book one evening, and all of a sudden, right down from the ceiling came this spider on its little string dangling over my book.  The book and I both went flying LOL.  As a kid, I loved all bugs, and would go to great lengths to not step on some poor unsuspecting ant.  To this day, I tend to walk with my head down.

I find as I get older I'm afraid of things that I wasn't afraid of as a kid.  For instance, I loved swimming in the ocean.  Today, I won't even attempt it.  I think of what kind of God-awful things are swimming around waiting to attack, or, fear I might get taken out to sea by an over-sized wave, or caught up in a riptide.

I've seen snakes in my yard at my old house, and just thank goodness that I never found one in my house.

One time, I was getting ready for work, and was attacked by a stray carpenter bee that came in my room.  I had no idea they eat right thru wood, and I realized it wasn't a stray, there were several flying around my room.  One stung me right on my boob right thru my clothes!  I was so panicked I called the ER LOL.

Lastly, I hate crickets.  I hate their annoying noise, and I won't touch them.  I made the mistake (for me) of stepping on one to kill it and it crunched!  YUCK!!

Thanks for sharing!


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Trish,

Yeah I know what you mean about getting older. I think as younger people we don't realise that things can be dangerous. I sure as heck would not do heaps of things I did as a youngster.

You had me worried there for a minute with that carpenter bee (do the come with their own work belts) I would like to have been the guy in ER. "Hey there's a chick in here with 3 nipples" (boom boom). I bet it wasn't funny at the time?

I don't actually know carpenter bees, eating through wood sound a bit scarey !

We get a lot of crickets here as well especially in the summer, drive you crazy, you can never find the bloody things.

Australia's summer national sport is called "cricket", seriously!!!, do not have the faintest idea why! It's played with a bat a ball and things called stumps.

When you put 3 stumps together it's called a wicket. I might write a Hub on that if anyones interested? Sorry, I got sidetracked.

Yuck, is a real good term, you should try stomping on one of those Huntsman spiders "splush" green gunk everywhere!


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi Ag,

I never knew what a carpenter bee was either until they invaded my home.  I only called the ER, didn't actually go.  The woman said if I felt the need I could come in, but she said I'd be ok.  Another time I was mowing my grass, and got attacked by yellow jackets.  That is NOT something you want to experience.  I did call 911 because I was having difficulty breathing, not to mention tremendous pain as they were crawling all over me, top to bottom. So that's twice I've been attacked by bees. Not sure if carpenter bees and yellow jackets like honey, but maybe I was attacked because I'm so sweet? LOL

I'll pass on the squishing of your spider lol


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Trish you must be a real sweetie. But seriously those "yellow jackets" are actually a wasp and I believe can sting more than once, unlike a bee they sure look a nasty wasp.

check em out here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowjacket

I think they might be the same as the "european wasp" which has invaded Australia in the last 5 years or so.

They have made nests in our house a couple of times and are really hard to eradicate.


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi Ag,

Yes, I kind of thought they were one and the same.  I just went to that link, and bingo, that's the nasty sucker who gathered up his family and attacked me.  Gives me chills to even think about it.  I remember the cops asking me was I allergic, and I said hell if I know, I've never been bitten by these before.  The cops stayed with me a good half hour, and  the one guy said, well, you're not allergic, if you were, we would have noticed it almost immediately.  Such a scary experience, it took me a while to get my breathing back to normal.

Thanks for the information :)


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

trish1048, I'm glad to hear that you recovered from your experience. There is not many things worse than struggling to breath. The more you try the harder it seems to get.


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Hi ag, I see this hub is back up to 82 today. What sort of phobia do Billionaires have? Hell, we only need food, health shelter and time with loved ones, evidently most billionaires have phobia about money? An insatiable need for money when you have that much looks like a phobia to me.Maybe I'm wrong, maybe they can see the starving and just not be moved by it.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I'm a huge fan of EFT and I could see it working well with spider phobias.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Hi earnestshub, you had me worried there, for a minute I thought you were declaring yourself a billionaire. I think we should be fair to some of the rich people of the world.

I'm sure if we stopped and thought about it we could find some who are kind and generous. OK lets see now......what about........hmm no not him. Ok what about .......no maybe not him either......hmmm . I could go on but I think you get the idea?


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Maybe I could nominate Bill Gates. He has got a case if he can dispose of that much wealth. Evidently he has a big organization that gives money to major causes.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

KCC Big Country

Thanks KCC I'm wondering if you could confide with us and let us know what your experience is with EFT.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

earnestshub, thanks mate, I have heard of Bill Gates, he's the Microsoft guy right?

The same guy that ripped IBM and a few others along the way in amassing his fortune, and luckily? for him got out just at the right time .

I believe his main interest these days is trying to find a cure for Malaria a particularly nasty disease causing untold deaths in Africa. Yes this is a very worthy cause and I commend Bill and his wife for this.


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colorsuz 7 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

my roommate and I occasionally see spiders in our apartment that we nicknamed "the baby tarantulas"...we are a bit scared of them because they are pretty hefty and they don't just hang out in corners like daddy long legs. One time I thought there was one crawling on my hand in the middle of the night...definitely slept on the couch for the remainder of the night!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I don't think I have a phobia about anything, just don't eat pips or nuts as my granny told me if I did I'd have a tree growing inside me. If the spider in South Africa was hanging by a thread, then be happy it wasn't a baboon spider as they are enormous and chase you and the bite is painful. The one you saw is most likely a flat spider that hides in rafters and behind pictures and in cracks. they are very big with a large flat body. You never kill those ones as they eat the mosquitoes. A shadow spider is also quite frightening as it's also very big, has a painful bite and follows you when you try and get away from it as it is following your shadow. How are you with scorpions?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day colorsuz, thanks for dropping in. If the spider you had was a Huntsman it probably was crawling on your hand, because they do not have webs they prowl for their prey. My son had one crawl on him during the night about a week ago. They seem very active just after a heavy downpour of rain.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Cindy, I think it must have been a flat spider , anyways it was after I finished with it. So you still don't eat pips or nuts , thats interesting. I was told the same thing about tomato's, and what about the spuds in your ears if you didn't wash em. (your ears)?

thanks for droppin by you must be busy ?


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

been packing and sorting stuff all day, and have just run a hot bath, gonna soak and then head out to meet some friends for a quick drink!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Are you heading home ?


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Ohhh! I'm wondering if your 'Huntsman' is kin to the 'Brown Recluse' or commonly called Fiddleback spider. They are usually the only ones I kill. I don't mind most spiders if they are not ON me! And I hate walking through their web....! And have read of the EFT method, interesting!


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MrMarmalade 7 years ago from Sydney

From nine years of age to 35 years, I was really scared of spiders, even Daddy lonnnng legs.

The our some started to become scared of spiders, because that is what daddies did. So I forced my self to grow up . After all i did not want a band of wimps aping their stupid dad. to day some forty years latter I do not fear them, just dislike them.

Great hub thank youi


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

frogyfish, I have done some checking and they do not seem to be related apart from the fact that they are both spiders.

We do not seem to have the brown recluse spider here in Victoria.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

MrMarmalade, mate I relate to your story totally .!

When I was very young my very dislikeable brother in law put a Huntsman on me to 'get me used to it' . It did not work and I grew up terrified of the spiders.

Like you I have now learned to control that fear for the sake of my family. Although I still cannot let one stay in our home they must be removed. My young granddaughter has at times kept one as a pet and finds bugs and such things to feed them. I find this to be very refreshing to know she will not grow up frightened of them.

I don't find your actions to be in any way stupid because there is usually an underlying reasons for us to have our phobia's.

I appreciate you dropping in and leaving a nice comment.


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Web Hosting Top 7 years ago from Worldwide

Brr, I have also spider phobia. I know it is irrational in most cases, but the phobia is regardless our logic. I've seen on Discovery Channel that there are some very dangerous spiders in Australia. Watch out!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Web Hosting Top, your Brr brought a Brr to my spine as I've just had to remove a baby Huntsman from my office. BBrr.

The most common and poisonous spider we have here in Melbourne is the Red Back, they can give you a nasty one.

Thanks for the warning I'm am always watching out for the critters. Just last night I walked through a cobweb and had another little shiver.

Thanks for your nice comment:-)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I have a number of phobias (I'm sorry to say) but first among them is a fear of snakes. Big ones, little ones, it doesn't matter. I won't go anywhere near 'em.

I would talk about some of my other phobias, but I think I'll go crawl under the covers of my bed instead.

Thanks for posting, this was an interesting hub. Brrr, I hate spiders too.


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donotfear 6 years ago from The Boondocks

I used to have Aracnaphobia (fear of spiders). I don't know how it actually waned, but I now can kill one with ease. Must be related to the time I was really mad about something and, lo & behold, came across a big hairy wolf spider in my house. I was already pumped up angry. Seeing that spider in MY house made me feel totally violated. I grabbed the fly swat and went to town on that sucker! As I beat him to pieces I was saying "Die, die, die"....with no fear whatsoever. After the deed was done I felt total release. From then on I was no longer afraid to the extent of panic. When those big yellow & black garden spiders come every year to live on my porch, I DO NOT kill then. I watch them in fascination. Only spiders I kill are intruders in my home, black widows and brown recluses. The others can go about their business. Oh, and grandaddy long legs don't bother me in the least! They used to send me into fits of hysteria. Thanks for a good article.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

donotfear, thank you for your lovely contribution. You really gave it to that 'sucker' lol.

Funny you should comment on this Hub today, last night I was walking out in the garden towards my wife and she said to 'watch out', so I stopped and only a few inches away was this web stretching across between the trees. In the centre of the web was this 'orb' spider spinning its web probably to gather its food for the day.

We watched in fascination as it worked away weaving its web.

This morning the web had been completely dismantled and not of sign of the spider. Absolutely amazing :-)

We also have what we call daddylong legs in our bathroom I'm sure that they keep the insects down.

Thank you so much for your kind words :-)


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Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

I don't have a spider phobia, but I sure don't like them. I do appreciate the fact they eat insects and weave beautiful webs. But ever since one fell from the ceiling and onto my pillow I have not been very fond of them. I wasn't very old then and I screamed which brought my parents running to my room. We looked everywhere for that spider but couldn't find it. I didn't want to sleep in that bed that night thinking it was coming back, but they made me. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep! Thanks for an interesting hub!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Rose, deep down in the dark recesses of my mind I think I recall having a similar experience with a spider when I was only a young lad. I sure can sympathize with you there!

I do understand about how good spiders are for the environment and I love the webs they weave especially the orb spiders we have in our garden, they are a work of art!

Rose thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment!


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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

I totally hear ya on the spider phobia thing, agvulpes. Where I live we just have wee spiders and I'm totally okay with that - no huntsman biggies. I don't know what I'd do if I encountered a spider with legs longer than a quarter inch long or so and the width of a hair. I read from the wiki link you posted and nearly had a conniption fit - 9-11 inch-long legs on the male Huntsman spider? *shiver*


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Yep, 9-11 inch long legs, and thats only the baby Huntsman spider! lol

You should see these fellas when they get angry!

The will sit up on their back legs and attack you. On the other hand I know some people who keep them for pets and let them crawl all over them! Just writing about this is making me shudder. Yuk

Lets change the subject ! *shudder* lol(say he, nervously looking around the room to see if he has 8 legged company)


Becca1998 6 years ago

I AM LITERALLY PETRIFIED OF SPIDERS NO MATTER WHAT SIZE FROM A SIZE OF A CRUMB TO THE SIZE OF A TENNIS BALL WHAT I DO HAVE IN MY HOUSE........SADLY!!! AND I THINK I MIGHT OF DISCOVERED A NEW SPECIES OF SPIDER!! HOW COOL!!!!NOT!!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

I sure know that feeling of being petrified, the whole body just goes numb and freezes for a few seconds. But shortly after that the old size 10 shoe jumps on that spider and all of a sudden it don't look so big.

Becca you say you have discovered a new species of spider?

How ironic if that were to be true that someone so petrified of spiders would have an arachnid named after them?

No definitely not 'cool' and thanks for dropping in and sharing in our discussion :-)


brittanaynay 6 years ago

i have a serious phobia of bees!! i think its called Apiphobia.

sometimes im so scared of them that i cant even go outside if i see one or two out there!

the outside of our house is taken over by carpenter bees, and i just started to have this phobia since the beginning of.....idk, but whenever it started to get really warm out.

and we also have a lot of wasps outside and i really want to get a tan but im afraid of getting stung.

i dont know if its the noise that they make or the actual stinging part.

i want to get over this phobia but i am scared of getting stung or that there will be bees everywhere and they will start crawling on me!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Sorry I can't offer you anything on fixing your phobia's apart from suggesting that if you are worried about it seek professional advice. I did and was referred to Hypnotherapy which worked up to a point!

As far as being taken over by Carpenter Bees and Wasps I would also suggest that you call in the pro's in the form of pest exterminators. People who don't know and understand these pests can get themselves into big trouble and spend time in hospital.

Good luck with your pests I hope you get them sorted out!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Oh Agvulpes, have you hit on a hot topic! One that I also planned on writing. Same: spiders and phobia. I'll tell you my story in my up and coming hub.

The topic continues to gain a lot of interest, doesn't it.

Wonderful hub!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Denise I look forward to your Hub. I believe that as long as humans walk on this earth they will have a fear of something! Yes it will always be lurking under the surface in one form or another!

Thanks for your lovely comment :-)


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seanorjohn 6 years ago

Great hub and voted up. This tapping technique sounds promising. Had to read this after your comment on my own fear of mice hub. Going to do some research on tapping.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

seanorjohn, thanks for your kind comment and yes this tapping technique sure looks like it might work. Although I am inclined to think more of the 'desensitizing' method of beating ones phobia. Thanks again for dropping by :-)


Lycan411 5 years ago

I don't have any animal phobias (although I'm not very fond of dogs), but I'm terrified of heights. I don't know why, maybe I just don't like the thought of falling off of something and splattering my entrails over a 14-meter radius. (Ain't I charming?)

But I love spiders, especially the cute little baby ones.


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

Lycan it's great to hear from someone with not animal or insect phobias. I am not a big fan of heights myself either :-) Do you really think that your entrails would spread over a 14 metres radius? Watching CSI all you see is a little bit of blood running down on the footpath lol


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I actually like spiders and find them interesting creatures to observe. However, our local spiders are not as big as the ones that you encounter. My opinion might change quickly if I lived in your area!

Heights do make me uncomfortable, however. I hate looking down from a height even when there’s a barrier present. There's an elevator with transparent walls in a local shopping mall, and if for some reason I can't use the stairs I have to look at the ground or shield my eyes as the elevator moves!


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

Hi AliciaC thanks for sharing your fear of heights. I have never ridden in a glass walled elevator but I'm a bit like you in that regard. We have a building here in Melbourne where the floor extends out from the building and leaves you suspended in mid air surrounded by glass. It is called 'The Edge' and You actually have to pay for this experience lol.

Take a look : http://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/the-edge.asp


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Peter, my eldest daughter has a bad spider phobia, she is very reluctant to come out to our shack in East Warby for this reason. I heard on the radio that therapy sessions can be accessed at the Healesville sanctuary where they claim to be able to cure someone in one and a half hours. They don't make the sufferer do anything that they don't want to either. My daughter is too scared to go though, but would you be? I have to pick bricks and bluestones up all day where spiders are lurking, but I don't give them a second thought. Unless one lands on me of course then i jump a bit, but i'm not really scared. Ernie is a big wus too by the sound of it with his surf-fobia, so i'll arrange a mosquito for you at the upcoming beatles party and a paddling pool for ernst so you can both relax a bit. With a little flap for the beer. Cheers mate.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

I have two grown kids that have spider phobia. They run when they see one. I'm not that way I just tell them to step on the spider but they won't get close enough to do that.

A few weeks ago I picked up my towel in the bathroom and a big big spider was hanging there, you could hear me scream through the house. Though I did kill him, I won't usually do that I take them outside and let them go.

My kids are just sure there are brown recluse spiders around here but my doctor said they have seen any bites in this area.

If you have a fear of them you can't help it that's just the way it is. I use to have a terrible fear of tornados.

When I was young I had an awful fear of nuclar war and I couldn't tell my parents because in those days they just didn't listen to things like that. I was only 12 and I couldn't sleep at night it was so bad and when I grew up and had babies it got worse because I knew I couldn't protect them.


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

@attemptedhumour, mate I can empathize so much with your daughter as I have had that Spider phobia since I was a kid. I had it that bad that I used to check every time I entered a room for the dreaded Huntsman spider!

I would think that the therapy at Healesville would be a type of 'desensitizing' of the patient with a hands-on approach? And 'yes' I would seriously consider going through.

Generally as long as there is no stupid risks involved I have no problem in facing my fears.

My Spider phobia although not cured completely was dampened after my GP referred me to hypnotherapy, after 3 sessions he told me not to come back any more and I thought he was giving me the flick. lol However I have found since then that I can actually cope with seeing a Huntsman and get rid of it without having a 'heart attack'.

If you feel it may help your daughter let her know about this treatment and tell her that she is not 'alone' in this phobia. I know many strong men shrink with fear when confronted with spiders.

Strangely enough there was a period in my life when I was a 'fencing' contractor and had to handle 'lots' of timber and as you would know that is a great habitat for spiders! That never worried me, just brush em off, jump on em, and move on. lol

It is only inside the house that they seem to grow another 6 inches across :-)

Mossies and water I can live with. lol

Look forward to meeting them and the Beatles :-)


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

@moonlake, I often wonder how kids get their spider and other phobias ?

I wonder if is something that they acquire from their parents, or is it actually something to do with genes perhaps?

My 5 year old grandson shows no fear of insects (his mum is the same) and would, if allowed, pick up any insect including spiders etc. To this date he has never had a bite.

I can imagine the fright that spider gave you, I do have an idea that the scary thing about spiders is the fact that they just seem to appear out of nowhere. I never see them come in through the door or a window, they are just there. Or so it would seem?

I'm not familiar with the Brown Recluse Spider but here is a link to an article on Wikipedia that you may find useful:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_recluse_spider

apparently if you leave them alone they will leave you alone;-)

I believe that having a genuine fear of something is not too bad but just when would it become a 'phobia' and spoil your way of life?

We do not have a lot of Tornado's in Australia but I was involved with what was described a mini-tornado a few years back and it ripped through the small beach side town where we were holidaying! It was quite a terrifying experience so I can understand your fear!

I am old enough to remember the period of time that you are talking about and even in Australia we had a very deep concern that Nuclear War was a distinct possibility!

I'm sure that your parents were themselves very concerned but did not want to pass their fears on to yourself. Perhaps if they had 'de-briefed' you then your fears would not have compounded in your future years.

Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing your experiences with us :-)


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hello mate, i used to employ a young tough-looking lad years ago with this problem and saw how it affected him. He was practically hypeventilating at times. I have a mate in England who is a thug when confronting people, but is petrified of flying. I actually get nervous an hour before i play indoor soccer. Yet i don't care if we win or lose, or who we are playing. My body just does it, so i suppose that is a similar thing. I'm not sure if it was at the sanctury or not, as i heard about the therapy sessions on the radio some time ago. Oh well, must press on. We'll have a bit to talk about on the 20th. Cheers.


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

G'day mate, yep done the odd bit of hypo-ventilating when suddenly confronted with a Huntsman and it is not a pleasant experience.

I have a theory that most of these phobias can be tracked back to some event or trauma that we suffered as kids. Our sub-conscious blocks out the memory of the actual event but our mind and body puts up the shutters when a similar event triggers us to react.

I can relate to your 'butterflies in the stomach' before the game, it used to happen to me before every game that I played. However I reckon that is not altogether a bad thing and could be harnessed to enhance a players performance. 20th? Cheers mate!


Mark 4 years ago

Im kind of ashamed to admit it but Im scared of spiders too lol

but I found this great app, that helped me overcome my feasr

I think it adds some value to this so check it out :)

http://selfstudyapps.com/fos


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia Author

Mark I don't think there is any shame in having a phobia, I believe that they are usual based in some earlier experience of the suffer.

I do not usually leave 'links' in the comments but in this case I will make an exception as I believe that your 'app' may actually help someone who suffers from a fear of Spiders and other phobias!


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InTuneWithCooking 4 years ago from Australia

I feel ya pain mate! I know they wont kill me (well the huntsman anyway) but I get frozen with fear when I see them. The worst is when they come out in the car!!!


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia Author

ITWC oh yeah I've been in that situation myself and I still shudder at the memory. Best move is to not park near or under trees.

Btw don't know if you know that even though the Huntsman is not classified as a venomous Spider it's bite can leave a nasty infection that can take a bit of getting rid of!

I saw on the news this week that with the amount of rain and now the warm weather Victoria is having a plague of Spiders. Now that is doing my spider phobia the world of good lol


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Dave Collado 2 years ago from San Jose California

Uh... Uh, yes, the spyiiiiiider. Even the smallest bite from... "arachnis deathicus"... will instantly paralyze...


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agvulpes 2 years ago from Australia Author

@Dave Collado hmm... now you have got me scared lol

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