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Arachnophobia Fear Of Spiders
Do You Have A Fear Of Spiders?
This page is about the fear of Spiders or arachnophobia! I love nature and animals so why am I so afraid Of Spiders? Putting my spider phobia aside (if I can!) to put together this page of information, suggestions and support for anyone else who is afraid of Spiders.
It has not always been easy to put this page together, researching spidery things! It is weird how I can hold a boa snake around my neck and am happy up close with many animals yet spiders still hold some fear for me. Lets face it there are far more things in the world to be scared of than spiders!! Yet if you have a spider phobia it is a big deal that is often difficult to explain to those who do not have it.
However, I think writing this page about arachnophobia helped me so I hope some of it is interesting and useful to you.
Please feel free to take part in the polls and i would love you to leave a comment in the Guestbook at the end to let me know you visited.
I deliberately have not put any pictures of spiders on this page in case it upsets anyone. However some of the links and videos do contain photos or moving images of spiders. Oh and also I know the introductory photo is not very spider like but for the same reason I want people to be comfortable.
I hope if you have a fear of spiders that this page will help you.
Photo Authors own please do not copy.
You And Spiders-Are You Afraid Of Spiders?
Are You Afraid Of Spiders?
How My Arachnophobia Fear Of Spiders Began
Well I cannot be completely sure but I think I can trace my fear of spiders back.
I was always an outdoor child, we lived in the country and I always wanted to be outdoors, really in most weathers. I grew up to have great respect and love for all things in nature- the trees, plants, flowers, mammals, birds and insects.
I do not recall being afraid of spiders at all until I was 7 years old. I was having a bath and very happy and relaxed in my bubble bath when a Huge Great Black SPIDER fell on top of me !!
I can still see it today. It was big with thick black legs and a big body and it freaked me out!! I remember screaming and Mum came running to me. She was not afraid of spiders and simply took it out the bath, but I was a bag of nerves!
Ever since that day I shuddered when I saw a spider and always called for help to get them taken out.
I could never kill one, and wouldn't allow anyone else to kill one either so they had to be caught gently and taken outside.
Why You Dont Like Spiders
If You are Afraid of Spiders What Is It That Makes You Fear Them?
Definition of Phobia
An unreasonable sort of fear that can cause avoidance and panic.
Overcoming Animal and Insect Phobias
Overcoming Animal, Insect And Spider Phobias - Learn about and overcome your spider phobia.
A self help book with the aim of helping you to get rid of your phobia. First you learn about the phobia then how to confront and overcome it.
Goldie Our Dog Taught Me Tolerance Of Spiders
Although I grew up not liking spiders or rather being afraid of them, I did over the years get a bit better around them. No longer screaming and jumping up on a chair but rather avoidance and taking them outside (or having them taken outside-it all depends on the size!!!)
If you have read my other pages you will know we have a beloved dog called Goldie who was just gorgeous. He seemed to have great respect for other creatures and used to watch the birds for hours ..but never move to hurt or chase them. He smply moved away from anything that irriated him.
When it came to spiders he would let them near him and if they crawled on him he simply got up and walked away. I know many dogs who go after spiders but not him. He was not afraid nor aggressive to them and never ate one.
With him in the room I could tolerate a spider running around. In fact we had a big garden spider in our living room for a few weeks that I was OK with during the day or if Goldie was with me. Sadly one day it was resting near the sofa and Goldie came in , didn't see it and threw himself down on the floor...and squashed it!! OOOPs! He didn't mean to hurt it and at least it was quick. We missed that particular spider a little bit...
Arachnophobia (from the , arÃ¡chn?, "spider" and , phÃ³bos, "fear") is a specific phobia, an abnormal fear of spiders
If like me you do not like to have spiders in the home but you do not want to kill them then a spider catcher may be for you !
It keeps you at a distance from the spider and is safe and humane for the spider.
Of course it depends how severe your spider fear is, if you can't use it you may need to ask someone else.
Eensy Weensy Spider
The eensy weensy spider
climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
and dried up all the rain.
And the eensy weensy spider
climbed up the spout again.
Sonic Technology Bugbuster, Battery Operated No Harm Spider and Insect Vacuum
Sonic Technology No Harm Spider vacuum
My hubby has sometimes said he will simply vacuum up the spiders in our home but as I cannot bear any harm to come to any of them I won't let him do it ! However this handy device uses the vacuum but does not harm spiders which seems perfect to me. The handle may be a little too close for comfort on big spiders though so maybe for little ones...
Images of Spiders
It is quite amazing just how many variations of spiders there are, each equipped to take advantage of their environment.
The following link is to photos of spiders and their webs. If you can bear it, they are quite fascinating. However I totally understand if you cannot.
- Images of Spiders
Please note this link will lead to pages of images of spiders. If you think this will upset you please do not click this link.
Little Miss Muffett scared of spiders!
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
He sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!
Studying Spider Fear. Please note spiders do appear in this video.
London Zoo Cure Fear Of Spiders
- LONDON ZOO SCARED OF SPIDERS?
The Friendly Spider Programme (FSP) is an afternoon course, carefully designed to ease or eliminate the condition of arachnophobia – fear of spiders.
What I Admire About Spiders
Yes really although I am afraid I can also appreciate spiders for the wonderful creation that they are and am more than a little curious about them.
I love their webs! So cleverley crafted and so stunningly beautiful in the morining dew.
I like how they absail from a great height (as long as I am not underneath!LOL)
Their ability to live in many different circumstances.
Yes Its a short list but an important one for me!
Stunning Spider Webs
I can also see the beauty in Spiders and here is a link to many gorgeous spider webs.
I have often admired spider webs, particularly on a frosty morning when you can see them more clearly. I do admire the spider for crafting such exceptional work.
- Photos of Spider Webs
Link to the most beautiful Spider webs
What Is Arachaphobia? More pages to help understand this common fear.
Description of arachnophobia and where it may have stemmed from.
From the page:- Arachnophobia is the scientific name for the fear of spiders. It is the most common example of an animal-based phobia and many people experience it mildly. For some people it has very intense effects.
Describes fear of spiders
Diary Of A Wild Country Garden
- Diary Of A Wild Country Garden
Although I do have a fear of spiders which I am trying to overcome, I do love the natural world and love to be out in our garden. In this new blog I will take a look through the seasons at how the garden changes, its wildlife and plants.
Thankyou for stopping by. If you would like to leave a comment about your fear of spiders or how you overcame it or just say "Hi" i would love to hear from you :)
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