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Arachnophobia Fear Of Spiders

Updated on February 18, 2017
No not a spider - on purpose as anyon e with a phobia does not want to be faced with a big spider on the page!
No not a spider - on purpose as anyon e with a phobia does not want to be faced with a big spider on the page! | Source

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.

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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

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Definition of Phobia

An unreasonable sort of fear that can cause avoidance and panic.

Overcoming Animal and Insect Phobias

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Overcoming Animal, Insect And Spider Phobias - Learn about and overcome your spider phobia.

Overcoming Animal and Insect Phobias: How to Conquer Fear of Dogs, Snakes, Rodents, Bees, Spiders, and More
Overcoming Animal and Insect Phobias: How to Conquer Fear of Dogs, Snakes, Rodents, Bees, Spiders, and More

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 , aráchn?, "spider" and , phóbos, "fear") is a specific phobia, an abnormal fear of spiders

Spider Catcher

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

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Sonic Technology No Harm Spider vacuum

Sonic Technology Bugbuster, Battery Operated No Harm Spider and Insect Vacuum
Sonic Technology Bugbuster, Battery Operated No Harm Spider and Insect 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.

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.

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 resilience

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.

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 :)

© 2009 RaintreeAnnie

How Do You Feel About Spiders?

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      I understand the need for spider to exist... but I would prefer it if they live over THERE (that would be anywhere I'm not). I

      I was in a hotel with my kids... they jumped into my bed because there was a spider on the ceiling. I tried to be re-assuring. "The Spider is on the Ceiling, and it likes it there" "Spiders don't fall off of ceilings". Meanwhile.. the spider is crawling across the ceiling over the bed where we were cowered.

      I promised the spider would stay away ... and darn it if that spider didn't jump onto my HEAD.

      Screaming... scrambling... running.... tears.....

      What a mess.

      Stupid spider.

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      My husband and I both scream and jump when we see spiders in the house. In fact, we have one of those huge balck things with hob nailed boots on hiding under the sofa!! i was told that putting a conker in each corner of a room deters them so we've been hunting for conkers and I now have them all over the house!! Thanks for not adding pictures. Blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      I respect spiders, but even when I find them in my house, I try to get the outside instead of killing them. However I have also seen the damage a brown recluse can cause. So like I said, respect, Blessed!

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      iMANDY 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Very clever not to upload any pictures of spiders, well thought out and considerate I think!! Even though I son't like spiders, somehow, since becoming a Mommy I seem to have the courage now to approach them and relocate them for my childrens safety! :)

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      dannygator7790 6 years ago

      I'm petrified of spiders. Just like you, I can easily hold a snake. But even if the tiniest spider appears in my line of sight, you can see me running the other way. I don't know what it is about them, but even thinking about them makes my skin crawl.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I suffer arachnophobia, still at the stage where it's either squish them with my feet (only if I wear books, just in case I miss and they decide to climb up my legs) or ask my husband to remove it (but killing it is still the best option for me). I try to be brave now, because I don't want my kids to see me squish a living being but it's hard

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      TheMonsterToySh1 6 years ago

      I used to be so scared of spiders, however as I have gotten older they seem to scare me less, however it still depends on how big they are.. lol

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      Thank you for your comments and sharing your feelings, experiences and insights here. Its good to hear how other people feel as well, thank you.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I wish I could overcome my fear of spiders...I've spent ages trying to rationalise why I'm so scared of them...I mean, it's not how they look as they're actually incredibly beautiful...and it's not the number of legs as many creatures have lots of legs...I'm sure that somewhere buried deep in the human psyche is a primal fear of arachnids for a good reason...perhaps long, long ago in another time and place they weren't as small as they are now...or we weren't as big...or something! ;) This is a fab lens though....and thank you so much for being considerate enough not to post spidey pics here - much appreciated :D

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this was a really interesting article, thank you so much for sharing it with us.

      while i was reading it, i thought "omg, i feel the same way!!" quite a few times. i can never kill spiders and won't let anyone else kill them either, but they have to take them away and put them outside the house. i don't know when my fear exactly started or why, because i remember being able to touch spiders when i was a child. now, even looking at pictures of them, i get this feeling in my stomach which i can't quite describe. the same feeling you get on a rollercoaster or when you're in an elevator and it suddenly stops.

      luckily, i live in switzerland where we don't have many spiders (and especially not large ones), but in 2009 i spent 4 months in australia, where i did 'meet' 2 or 3 huge ones, one of them in the apartment i was at. i nearly had a heart attack. i hope that one day i will be able to overcome my fear.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for this informative discussion of arachnophobia - and for not having pictures of spiders here. I am like you in that I love nature, and can quite happily hold a constrictor snake, but the very thought of a spider in the house gives me the shakes. I'm having to research this topic in short sessions, because I get creeped out just thinking about it. I can admire spiders as a species, admit that they are a wonder of creation, but at the same time I hate the sight of them. And I know they won't hurt me, and they're more scared of me than I am of them, and all the rest. And I don't care. They freak me out.

      Thanks again for the warnings about pictures on the links (I didn't click them) and for not putting any spider pictures on this page. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in my irrationality, and I hope one day to learn to tolerate the evil little beasts. ;)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good job here, I would like to lens roll!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you so much, i have been reading articles and the very first picture on the page is a spider. Many of them made me jump out of my seat onto the floor bringing my laptop with me. I live in a house with spiders at every exit. I find myself running out the door just to leave. This has helped me tremendously.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You are very brave to have made this lens. I am the chief spider catcher in our family....

      In the UK it is "Incy wincy spider" who climbs up the waterspout!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      My daughter brought home a giant tarantula that she found on the sidewalk last fall and that was a little much for me! I would love for you to submit this lens to the Going Buggy group.

      http://www.squidoo.com/groups/bugs-insects