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Why are people afraid of spiders?

  1. TheKatsMeow profile image87
    TheKatsMeowposted 5 years ago

    Why are people afraid of spiders?

  2. profile image0
    Phoebe Pikeposted 5 years ago

    They have been taught to fear them because our parents were afraid. It's a taught fear. The only way to not be afraid is to educate yourself on them and associate with them. No one likes to be bitten and many are frightened by what they look like. Add the fact some are poisonous and not very friendly and there you have it.

  3. Civil War Bob profile image61
    Civil War Bobposted 5 years ago

    Apparently they haven't realized that the human foot in a boot is way bigger than most spiders and can be used to overcome fear.

    1. katielrose profile image62
      katielroseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What if you're not wearing shoes, like when spiders are inside your house, and what about the ones that jump?

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    I am not afraid of spiders but I really really dislike them.  I do not want them on me, or in my bed, or house or whatever.  I have seen really large spiders outside on the wood pile and I am fine with that - but please stay out of my house.

    I have always felt that way about spiders, but neither of my parents were that way so I did not learn it from them.  I know often there is no rhyme or reason for it. I dislike spiders but snakes don't bother me.  Weird I guess.

  5. tussin profile image59
    tussinposted 5 years ago

    They look ugly and they act creepy.  Ever notice how when you see a spider and the spider sees you it stops in its tracks?  Other bugs don't do that; they just keep moving along.

  6. katielrose profile image62
    katielroseposted 5 years ago

    Some spiders are poisonous. I'm no expert on spiders to know which ones are and which ones are not, so I think it best to avoid them altogether. I have no problem with Daddy-Long-Legs and other spiders I can easily identify as being non-poisonous though.

    1. Shaddie profile image87
      Shaddieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, no spider is poisonous smile

    2. katielrose profile image62
      katielroseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, about 200 out of the 40,000 known species of spiders have serious, potentially lethal bites per wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisonous_spiders

    3. Shaddie profile image87
      Shaddieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Venom, not poison, m'dear.

    4. katielrose profile image62
      katielroseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      OK seriously, if you want to argue semantics, Venom is a type of poison secreted by animals and typically delivered by biting or stinging. "Poison" may be more broad than "venom," but that doesn't make it any less lethal.

    5. Shaddie profile image87
      Shaddieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If you want to argue semantics, venom is not a type of poison, but they are both toxins.

    6. katielrose profile image62
      katielroseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Then you might want to write to Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and let them know they're wrong

  7. Ellieface profile image48
    Elliefaceposted 5 years ago

    I'm not afraid of them, but I don't like how they move. Personally, anything that moves with 8 legs creeps me out. It just looks sooooo unnatural. Ughhhhh.

    1. katielrose profile image62
      katielroseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      8 legs are bad enough, what about centipedes and millipedes though? Eww.

    2. Ellieface profile image48
      Elliefaceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, those are kind of creepy too.

  8. Shaddie profile image87
    Shaddieposted 5 years ago

    People fear the things they don't understand. They are disgusted by things they don't want to understand. And they avoid anything that doesn't fit into their cookie-cutter ideal of 'cute and cuddly.'

    1. profile image0
      calculus-geometryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Our notions of cute and cuddly are instinctual.  They are "cookie cutter" because our brains have evolved that way. The less human an animal looks human, the more suspicion and fear we regard it with. It keeps us from going extinct.

 
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