What Is a Phobia?
Arachnophobia (Fear of spiders)
Arachnophobia is a fear of spiders that goes beyond the desire to kill one when you see it in your home. People with arachnophobia will become extremely anxious at the sight of a spider, usually jumping, screaming, or freezing in place. These reactions can sometimes be evoked by a mere picture of a spider. People with arachnophobia will avoid places where spiders might be found at all costs. This often means not participating in outdoor activities, such as camping or hiking. They will refuse to come in close proximity to spiders, especially getting close enough to kill or remove them from their home. They will often require help from another person in order to do so.This phobia is thought to develop from an innate fear of spiders that are venomous, which would result in negative effects, or death if bitten.