The fear of spiders, arachnophobia is equally a really
common phobia particularly to females. It is gotten from two Greek words ‘arachine’
meaning spiders and ‘phobia’ meaning fear of, thus the name – arachnophobia, the fear of
spiders. People often cofuse or just call spiders insects but it is to be noted that spiders are not insects rather
they are arachnids thus, the fear of spiders should not be confused with the
fear of insects, entomophobia. One major difference is that spiders have eight legs and insects have only six legs.
Causes of arachnophobia
The causes of arachnophobia are quite numerous, from the
common causes of phobia to the not so common ones, arachnophobia sure has a
long list. A few of the more important causes of arachnophobia includes the
Evolutionary adaptation - yes! Just like a cat’s
instinct to chase a mouse and a mouse’s instinct to run at the sight of a cat
without ever before being told that they are sworn enemies, predator and prey,
scientists believe the fear of spiders might have originated from this similar
ideology thus our body is telling us to stir clear of spiders in the form of
fear. The only question remains, if this is so, why do we not all have
Traumatic experience(s) – I remember the first
time I attempted doing a back flip, my form was wrong and I landed so bad it
gave me serious fears to attempt it a second time. Similarly, the fear of
spiders may be instilled upon us if we have ever been bitten before by a spider or witnessed first hand
how a friend or family member got bit by a spider, you don’t want to go through
similar pain, poisonous or not, a spider bite hurts a whole lot. Think I’m
lying? Ask Peter Parker - Spiderman lol.
Cultural beliefs - Some places in Africa believe
spiders are extremely dangerous creatures, some even are making up scary tales about them and
hard wiring these beliefs into children from birth can cause them to have
arachnophobia at a very young age and die with it too. Funny enough, some other parts
of Africa again actually eat spiders as a yummy delight, talk about massively
overcoming the fear of spiders.
Symptoms of arachnophobia
So we have known what causes the fear of spiders but how do you know if you have the fear of spider
phobia? Well patients having arachnophobia exhibit similar signs. The more common and easy to
diagnose symptoms include;
*increased heart rate
*screaming at the sight of a spider
*running away from the scene
The symptoms of archnophobia differs and ranges in intensity according to how afraid of spiders such person is.
How to cure arachnophobia
Ok, so we know the causes and symptoms of arachnophobia but
what about the cure? How do you cure arachnophobia? Unlike the fear of snakes
phobia that won't really haunt you cause you hardly see a snake on a day to day basis, Spiders are nearly impossible to avoid in our homes, so it is important
that one tries to overcome arachnophobia rather than avoid it. You can't run forever, so face your fear and own it!
some of the common ways of overcoming arachnophobia include;
; this has been effective for many
cases of phobia in a person. In the case of arachnophobia, the person is slowly
made to rid of the phobia of spiders by gradually being exposed to images of
spiders and learning to cope with it. I explained it under 'stare your phobia in the eyes' in
my how to overcome phobia
article. There is now a mobile app reviewed and
approved the NHS of UK called Phobia Free which uses this method.
Medication; medicine that induce relaxation along with anti-anxiety
and anti-depressant drugs help to overcome
the fear of spiders or rather control the phobia but must be used under
professional dosage and can not be continued for so long.
See also the cognitive behavioral therapy
; yes you can cure yourself and rid of the fear of spiders right at the convinience of your chair right there by simply following some tips and tricks carefully and gradually. I compiled a few ways on how to overcome phobia, a continuation of the 'stare your phobia in the eyes' given above.
Get up and start the spider hunt! you can do it! you can overcome your arachnophobia, good luck!
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