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Arachnophobia: Spider Phobia
Though many arachnids (spiders) are harmless, a person with arachnophobia may still panic or feel uneasy around one. Sometimes, even an object resembling a spider can trigger a panic attack in an arachnophobic individual.
The cartoon on the right is a depiction of the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet," in which the title character is "frightened away" by a spider.
Arachnophobia (from Greek arachne, "spider" and phobia, "fear" ) is a specific phobia, an abnormal fear of spiders and other arachnids. It is probably the most common of all phobias and one which we hear about with some frequency.
The reactions of arachnophobics often seem irrational to others (and sometimes to the sufferers themselves). People with arachnophobia tend to feel uneasy in any area they believe could harbor spiders or that has visible signs of their presence, such as webs. If arachnophobics see a spider they may not enter the general vicinity until they have overcome the panic attack that is often associated with their phobia. In some cases, even a picture or a realistic drawing of a spider can also evoke fear. They may feel humiliated if such episodes happen in the presence of peers or family members.
An evolutionary reason for many phobias, such as arachnophobia, claustrophobia, fear of snakes or mice, etc. remains unresolved. One view, especially held in evolutionary psychology,
is that the presence of venomous spiders led to the evolution of a fear of spiders or made acquisition of a fear of spiders especially easy.
Like all traits, there is variability in the intensity of fears of spiders, and those with more intense fears are classified as phobic. Spiders, for instance, being relatively small, donít fit the usual criterion for a threat in the animal kingdom where size is a factor, but nearly all species are venomous, and although rarely dangerous to humans, some species are lethal. Arachnophobes will spare no effort to make sure that their whereabouts are spider-free, hence they would have had a reduced risk of being bitten in ancestral environments. Therefore, arachnophobes may possess a slight advantage over non-arachnophobes in terms of survival. However, this theory is undermined by the disproportional fear of spiders in comparison to other, far more deadly creatures that were present during Homo sapiens' environment of evolutionary adaptiveness.
The alternative view is that the dangers, such as from spiders, are overrated and not sufficient to influence evolution. Instead, inheriting phobias would have restrictive and debilitating effects upon survival, rather than being an aid. For example, there are no deadly spiders native to central and northern Europe that could exert an evolutionary pressure, yet that is where the strongest fear for spiders began, suggesting cultural and domestic learning. In contrast, many non-European cultures generally do not fear spiders, and for some communities such as in Papua New Guinea and South America (except Chile), spiders are included in traditional foods.
Spider bite - a major concern in arachnophobia
A spider bite is an injury resulting from a Spiders accidental or defensive interaction with humans. Although 98-99% of spider bites are harmless, more rarely, the symptoms of their bites can include necrotic wounds, systemic toxicity, and in some cases, death. Four genera are known to have potentially lethal bites. In almost all cases of spider bite, the chief concern is the spider's venom.
Spiders regarded as dangerous possess venom which is both toxic to humans, and in quantities which can be delivered by the single bite. Spiders are predatory animals that consume other animals (including other spiders) for food. For the vast majority of spider species, biting (and injection of venom) is the way the spiders subdue their prey; the spiders will use their venom to paralyze or kill their victims, often consuming them later. Spiders also use biting as a defensive mechanism, though the primary purpose of spider venom is to capture food.
Spiders have the capability to control how much venom (if any) is injected into a target. As venom costs the spider energy to produce, it is advantageous to the spider not to waste it. Spider bites are characterized as either attacking or defensive, depending on whether the spider is attempting to subdue prey, or to repel a perceived threat. When capturing prey, spiders will typically adjust the amount of venom delivered based on the size of the meal; when defending itself, a spider's bite in which little or no venom is injected is frequently referred to as a dry bite.
As spiders do not prey on humans (or other large mammals), spiders do not "attack" people. It is rare for spiders to mistake humans for prey. Almost all bites that humans receive are defensive bites,
and frequently the spider drives the human off just by the mechanical pain of its bite, thus it is not unusual for humans to receive dry bites or partial envenomations.
Thus, most spiders are unlikely to otherwise bite humans because they do not identify humans as prey and will bite only if they have no other choice.
It's all in the eyes!
This even gives me the creeps and I don't scare easy! You can't help feeling that movie makers have capitalized on this rather gruesome image, as when seen in close up, I can think of a dozen bug eyed monsters that are based on this idea. Can't you?
Around 50% of women and 10% of men have arachnophobia to some degree. Symptoms may include panic, anxiety, excessive sweating or clamminess, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, irrational thoughts, nausea and dizziness.
Most people, when asked about their spider phobia, know their fears in this area are irrational. But that's not the same as saying they are not real, because they most certainly are real. Most sufferers, whether child or adult, can pinpoint a time when they first had a bad experience of a spider; either as a child, perhaps
at school or at home, in a tent, in the bath, having one placed inside a blouse or down their trousers during youthful play.
Many can remember being bitten by a spider. This doesn't happen very often, but it can become inflammed and can irritate if the bite is not a clean one. Others see the close up images of one either in a book or in a horror movie and suddenly see exactly what they look like close up. How can something so small have that many eyes and fangs and venom? Whatever the original trigger, something happened that sent the conscious mind into a panic about life or death, and this became hard-wired into the subconscious as a reason to be worried. Because we think a certain way, whenever the same situation arises again, we become angry, sad, fearful, panicky, anxious. Our mind thinks the worst and makes provision. It is like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The WIDE AWAKE treatment for this often ignored problem
I call this 'The Wide Awake Treatment', because it seems to me all other therapists I come across who specialize in this want to put you to sleep, or hypnotise you, or get you involved with some other trance like regression technique.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has proven to be a very effective strategy for eliminating many types of fear and phobia. To help you conquer your spider phobia without drugs and break the cycle of panic and avoidance, contact The Haven Healing Centre on 01934 740275 to find out how.
Ophidiophobia: Snake Phobia
Ophidiophobia: Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia refers to the fear of snakes. Fear of snakes is sometimes called by a more general term, herpetophobia, fear of reptiles. It is one of the most common phobias, especially under the broader Zoophobia (animal phobias). Care must also be taken to differentiate people who do not like snakes or fear them for their venom or the inherent danger involved. A typical ophidiophobic would not only fear them when in live contact but also dreads to think about them or even see them on TV or in pictures. Ophidiophobia is one of the best-known characteristics of fictional adventurer Indiana Jones.
The word comes from the Greek words "ophis" which refers to snakes and "phobia" meaning fear. Treatment desensitization works in the same way as it does for spiders.
My final message to you is this: I've seen how people's phobias can take over their lives. It can determine where they live and work, it can influence their physical symptoms and can even make them think they are going mad. If you have a spider phobia, don't wait for it to get worse. Get treatment NOW!. If you live in any of the towns and villages on the left of this article, you are well within a 2-40 minute drive of The Haven Healing Centre, and I'd be delighted to see you.
Please call Phil Chave on 01934 740275 to make your appointment or to talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs.
Don't wait. Make your appointment today. You'll be glad you did!
P.S. If you or someone you know has a spider phobia, and it's destroying their lives, send them the link to this page, get them to pick up the phone and give me a call. Let's put an end to it RIGHT NOW! You can do EFT right alongside your current treatment, even over the phone, and it will do no harm, neither will your treatments interfere with one another.
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