Arachnophobia...

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Arachnophobia...

Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Let me start by saying: I love spiders. I find them fascinating, and not nearly as scary as many other people make them out to be. They eat other bugs that are much more annoying, and whenever I find one in my house I simply release it, usually in some other area of the house. And they can be remarkably beautiful at times, or even cute! Just look at that face!

More than once I've considered getting a pet tarantula, so I could have the opportunity to study and interact with a spider more regularly. Call me strange if you must.

So the fact that arachnophobia is one of the most common specific phobias has always been somewhat puzzling to me. I'm not going to look down on anyone with a phobia (indeed, I myself am severely apiphobic - afraid of bees), but I still sometimes wonder how anyone could find spiders so creepy.

So I'm curious what the Eden population's overall opinion on eight-legged arthropods is. Do you love them, hate them, or feel indifferent towards them? Any cool or scary spider-related anecdotes to tell? Speak up and voice your opinion!

Note: you may want to take a look at my second post before voting, if only to be slightly more informed. And for my fellow spider-fans, I present this for your listening pleasure.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Spiders rule! I love them!
3
They're pretty neat, though "love" is a bit much.
8
Indifferent: I don't hate them, but I don't mind that they're there.
2
Eh, they make me a little uneasy, but I don't hate them.
8
I understand that they're not evil, but I still think they're scary!
20
I can't stand them!
18
Well, some fictional spiders are scary... (I'll give you that. Shelob is pretty horrifying.)
6
Spider Man rocks! Does that count as an answer?
5
Other (Please share!)
3
Total votes: 73 (53 voters)
Poll is closed
01/27/2012
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Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Some facts about arachnophobia and related concerns:

1) While a mild wariness of potentially venomous creatures may be innate, the argument that arachnophobia is instinctive is doubtful at best. In most cases, a fear of spiders is learned through cultural perceptions, or by observing family members displaying such fear. Places that have more spiders typically have an overall calmer view of them. In some cultures, they are even considered a delicacy. Inversely, areas that have fewer spiders tend to have more arachnophobes.

2) Spider venom is rarely dangerous. In most cases, spider venom will only cause severe reactions if the bitten person is allergic or has some other underlying condition. Even the most potent venom can take hours to cause a fatal reaction, usually enough time to get medical attention. See this for more detailed information.

3) Most spiders are shy, and will only bite when hunting or out of options for defending themselves. Even then, they will seldom inject venom, as wasting such a valuable substance can be costly to the spider's long-term survival. In most cases, spiders prefer to run when confronted with an enemy.

4) Overall, the existence of spiders is beneficial to humans. They make the planet more liveable by controlling the population of other insects that could cause much greater harm by damaging crops and spreading disease. They are, arguably, one of the most useful and helpful kinds of arthropod.
01/27/2012
ellejay ellejay
I know they're mostly nice and beneficial, but they still squick me out!
01/27/2012
MelSC MelSC
I can understand that they are beneficial but I am terrified of them. I blame it on finding a gigantic spider on the wall when I was just a little kid, now even ones that are tiny scare me.
01/27/2012
indiglo indiglo
I know they are extremely beneficial, but I wouldn't say that I love them. I do not have an unnatural fear of them either.

I used to have a friend who had 2 scorpions as pets. They aren't spiders, but they are in the arachnid family. I held them and petted them. They were very docile and pleasant, even though I accidentally poked one in its eyes without knowing any better.
01/27/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by indiglo
I know they are extremely beneficial, but I wouldn't say that I love them. I do not have an unnatural fear of them either.

I used to have a friend who had 2 scorpions as pets. They aren't spiders, but they are in the arachnid ...
Here's an awesome article about the lesser-known arachnids, scorpions included. Incidentally, that song I linked to refers to daddy long-legs, which aren't true spiders either.
01/27/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by MelSC
I can understand that they are beneficial but I am terrified of them. I blame it on finding a gigantic spider on the wall when I was just a little kid, now even ones that are tiny scare me.
I can understand that. That's a little like how my apiphobia came about: my mother got stung trying to protect me from an angry wasp, and since then anything bee- or wasp-like has frightened me (though I admit that bumblebees are adorable, even if they are scary). I can usually tolerate them when they're outside and I can keep a fair distance, but indoors is another story.
01/27/2012
js250 js250
Spiders do not bother me at all, but my husband is deathly scared of them.
01/27/2012
AmberM AmberM
I hate spiders. I scream like a little girl every time I see one, and make my hubby kill them. Eh. I like spider man, though!
01/27/2012
toxie m toxie m
I absolutely understand that spiders are generally harmless, but I do have a serious phobia. Just imagining a spider crawling out at my across my desk right now makes my heart speed up and breath shorten. Total physical freak-out reaction. They aren't evil, for sure, but they do scare the fuck out of me, haha
01/27/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by toxie m
I absolutely understand that spiders are generally harmless, but I do have a serious phobia. Just imagining a spider crawling out at my across my desk right now makes my heart speed up and breath shorten. Total physical freak-out reaction. They ...
You would be nervous around my desk if you visited me a few years ago. I had a teeny-weeny, itty-bitty baby spider living on the underside of my old monitor. I loved him and thought he was so cute, but I don't know whatever became of him. I kind of miss him, now that I think about it.
01/27/2012
geliebt geliebt
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Originally posted by toxie m
I absolutely understand that spiders are generally harmless, but I do have a serious phobia. Just imagining a spider crawling out at my across my desk right now makes my heart speed up and breath shorten. Total physical freak-out reaction. They ...
I know how you feel

I generally dislike spiders, but my concern really is that I don't want to be bitten by a poisonous one! Same thing with snakes >.<
01/27/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I'm indifferent with spiders...unless they're in the shower above me. If something is seeing me naked with 8 eyes, there's something wrong about it and it must go down the drain. No smashing, just water slide fun
01/27/2012
kawigrl kawigrl
my love for spiders goes as far as the man
01/27/2012
HannahPanda HannahPanda
Scared shitless of them, borderlining arachnaphobia, as they've sparked me to have Sleep Terror Disorder, but I still think their faces are cute.
01/27/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by HannahPanda
Scared shitless of them, borderlining arachnaphobia, as they've sparked me to have Sleep Terror Disorder, but I still think their faces are cute.
I'm sorry to hear about your sleep troubles. That must be awful! I hope you can overcome it someday (and maybe your fear of spiders, too).

But yeah, the faces of some spiders are adorable, especially jumping spiders. This is the cute spider shot I was originally looking for when I made the thread, but I ran across the even cuter edit and couldn't resist. Here's my personal favorite, though.
01/27/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
I just realized two things: first, one of my poll options is redundant - I meant it to say, "Indifferent: I don't like them, but I don't mind that they're there." Second, I accidentally mentioned spiders killing other insects, implying that spiders themselves are insects, which they are not.

D'OH!
01/27/2012
Sammi Sammi
This? Is so me
01/27/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
I have been terrified of spiders since my parents took me to watch Arachnophobia in a drive in when I was 3. Recently it hasn't been so bad because I have been forcing myself to either touch or look at facts ones. I have even been able to catch and release them.
01/27/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
This? Is so me
That is an unspeakably awesome spider.
01/27/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Quote:
Originally posted by BobbiJay
I have been terrified of spiders since my parents took me to watch Arachnophobia in a drive in when I was 3. Recently it hasn't been so bad because I have been forcing myself to either touch or look at facts ones. I have even been able to catch ...
Well done! I like it when people make any kind of progress overcoming their fears, spider-related or otherwise. I'm sure if they could, the spiders you released would say, "Thank you!"
01/27/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
Well done! I like it when people make any kind of progress overcoming their fears, spider-related or otherwise. I'm sure if they could, the spiders you released would say, "Thank you!"
Thank you. It was hard. But worth it cause now I don't freak out every time I see the smallest spider.
01/27/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
Quote:
Originally posted by BobbiJay
I have been terrified of spiders since my parents took me to watch Arachnophobia in a drive in when I was 3. Recently it hasn't been so bad because I have been forcing myself to either touch or look at facts ones. I have even been able to catch ...
This was supposed to be fake ones.
01/27/2012
Acorn Acorn
I blame the movie Arachnophobia. I saw it when I was young and haven't been able to really deal with spiders ever since. It's so bad I can't even touch a picture.
01/27/2012
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
I don't like very small spiders, but tarantulas I'm fine with. Is that strange? Probably.
01/27/2012
GONE! GONE!
I'm terrified by them. I like tarantulas though cuz' they're fuzzy. It makes no sense.
01/28/2012
KrazyKandy KrazyKandy
I know they cant hurt me but I am scared from the crawlies.
01/28/2012
MR Chickhabit MR Chickhabit
i actually majoring in arachnology and have a immense love for the little critters.

did you know that in north america there are only TWO deadly spider varieties?

1. Black Widow
2. Brown Recluse

as stated in the first post, they are rarely deadly. the only time they kill people is when ZERO medical attention is administered until it is too late (5+ hours after bite)

Not my fingers

isnt genetic diversity fantastic>

dont look down...
01/28/2012
Chirple Chirple
I'm okay with them in a controlled environment, and I've been on and off considering a tarantula terrarium (I have an empty 10 gallon tank).

Something about big fuzzy tarantula's scares me less than tiny unexpected spiders.

I think it's really the fast-moving and tiny part I can't deal with, not the "spider" part. I admit, I'm a bit picky about "keeping track of things" and having a spider I KNOW is in my bedroom, but not knowing WHERE drives me crazy.

I think it's really a control issue - knowing they can sneak up on me without my permission. I actually remember having a conversation that went that direction - about a fear of small things like that being related to control and feeling violated more than the creature itself.
01/28/2012
MR Chickhabit MR Chickhabit
Quote:
Originally posted by Chirple
I'm okay with them in a controlled environment, and I've been on and off considering a tarantula terrarium (I have an empty 10 gallon tank).

Something about big fuzzy tarantula's scares me less than tiny unexpected ...
hehehehe

fun fact, the hands/ arms near its face are actually its version of penis
01/28/2012
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