7/28/09: It’s 1am and I’m scouring the internet for something do to. I rediscover one of my favorite websites: YahooAnswers.com
Yes, I like to ask and answer people’s questions. I fell upon one question in particular that led me to write about today’s topic. Phobias. Lets face it. Everyone is scared of something. Don’t tell me that you are McFearless (lame Kings of Leon reference lol)
NOTE that I am not going to release the asker’s name. “Sam”, the answerer, is me.
How Can I Cure my Arachnaphobia?
I am deadly afraid of spiders (i know that i spell arachnaphobia wrong)
I watch the movie Arachnaphobia THINKING it would make it better or something like that, but, for some reason, only makes it worse. I feel like the spiders in the movie are crawling up my legs and arms.
I can feel it now, just thinking about feeling it. I am only a kid so I cannot afford therapist, and being exsposed to spiders makes it worse.
I desperatley need someones help, and quick!
Thanks SOOO much.. It helped me think of spiders in a whole different way. After your advice I can finally go to sleep without checking my room for spiders. You have no idea how much I am thanking you! Thanks again, by Sam
- Member since:
- August 28, 2007
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- 1638 (Level 3)
Best Answer – Chosen by Asker
Okay lets think about this. I know they say that the only way to cure your fear is to experience it, but many people take drastic measures and only get even more scared.
Spiders aren’t out to get you. Watching that movie didn’t help because it portrayed the spiders as evil and harmful when they really aren’t (unless you provoke them first).
You need to take baby steps. Take a walk outside and when you see a spider stop and look at it. Maybe stand 3 feet away so you feel safe. Don’t kill it, just observe. Calm yourself down. It won’t hurt you. Move out of the way if you think its coming towards you. Stop near a spiderweb. Observe. Continue to do this until you feel comfortable around spiders. If you see a spider in your house trap it in a cup or something and let it free.
Once you feel comfortable with all of this, tackle something bigger like touching a spider. I’ve had a pleasant experience with daddy long legs (aka Harvest Spiders), specifically because they do not contain venom glands. Also, in the rare event that they bit you, it would penetrate about 0.1 mm of your skin. You couldn’t even feel that, even if you tried. I picked one up and just let it walk in my hands for a few minutes. It tickled, and I slowly lowered my hand so it could continue to walk in the grass. I only recommend picking up the Harvest Spider because it has distinct features that you can recognize, and it will prevent you from picking up the wrong spider (aka one that bites or has venom)
I have absolutely no fear of spiders now, in fact after handling a very friendly tarantula I’m considering getting one too! They are interesting creatures, and the ones around your house are probably more beneficial (killing pests and venomous spiders) than harmful.
No more Arachnaphobia ♥
Moral of the story? Whatever fear you have, face it. Don’t be afraid. Take baby steps. If your fear is inevitable (like fear of death) then let it be. Cherish life while you can. Carpe diem, you only live once! Why would you spend time worrying over things when you can be out enjoying the world?’
What are your fears? Leave a comment and let me know!