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i know what thats like. my roommate showed me a pic of a spider even though she knows i have arachnophobia as well. i threw my water cup as a bad reaction and broke her phone!

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I also noticed someone brought up his wimpy gun a few FMLs posted after this one, so he probably changed it for the reason that he is not gangster and probably just looked stupid (even tho the current picture is still stupid). sadly I didn't have the chance to see the picture.

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are you so sure that the $500 was for the spider and not the book? maybe the book is an old collecters, or an autographed copy of a rare book, or maybe even a school text book for college. you never know.

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Also, if you had a friend who had an irrational fear of dogs abd you brought to your house and he killed your dog, would you charge him money? It's a pet just the same as a spider and i'm sure you'd be pissed if someone killed your pet

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The whole point is that the roommate shouldn't have been such a huge asshole to show OP his supposedly expensive pet when he was aware of how bad the OP's phobia is. I don't think the roommate deserves to be paid anything, quite frankly.

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What's wrong with spiders? They're so cute, and the way they move is awesome. People think "Oh, it's a spider, it'll bite me and I'll die!" Tarantulas can't kill people. It'll hurt, but you won't die. I know people with arachnophobia, but it's not because they think "spiders are gross". My sister's arachnophobia comes from knowing someone who was hospitalized by a spider bite. Your arachnophobia comes form misinformation. I caught this spider once who just wanted to be friend

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Did you NOT see she/he is serverly afraid of spiders???? You obv dont have a fear! You can NOT control your fear or reactions to your fear! Im DEATHLY afraid of spiders! I litterally STOP breathing, not by my own choice, when I see one!

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no, if you have a severe phobia of something...it's not that simple. im deathly afraid of snakes, and my biology teacher put me next to the snake tank..said I'd get over my fears. well when she fed the snake, gettin over my fears was tripping over two desk to get away.

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9 - she's arachnophobic, when someone has a phobia like that they often lose control of their reactions or have a panic attack. apparently op loses their ability to think first. considering op's roommate knew that op has arachnophobia, it's kind of their fault, they should have taken into consideration what some peoples reaction to spiders are. it's also not murder, murder is the unlawful killing of a being, usually human, done with malice and forethought. killing spiders is legal.

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Have you considered that, rather than intentionally smashing the spider, OP may have simply swatted at it while already holding the book? Spiders are fairly fragile and that could easily have killed it. OP's roommate is an idiot, he intentionally caused OP distress and now is claiming to be owed far more than that spider ever cost him.

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fear is your body's response to a perceived (aka cognitive based) threat. it evokes the fight or flight response. therefore, if the spider was shown close enough to OP, they probably felt endangered and thus the survival response was to fight for life. the OP said it was a severe phobia so this would be my guess. we just studied phobia's in abnormal psychology.

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Her roommate owned the spider, the spider is the roommate's property. She damaged the roommates property. Also, since it was a pet, it could probably be considered animal abuse.

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"sever" ? Anyway, there are people who have severe fears of dogs and clowns, but they don't kill dogs and clowns when they see them ! Just because you have an IRRATIONAL fear doesn't mean you have to kill the thing that makes you afraid ! Most people with truly severe phobias would be too afraid to act in that situation and would probably break down hyperventilating/sobbing rather than killing the thing they are afraid of.

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If severe phobias mean I can kill it to make it get away.... those fuckin' clowns better watch out. Don't get all ethical on me now, I have a SEVERE case, after all. I'll do anything to make it go away. ;)

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A fear of spiders is in not way "irrational". Seeing as some spiders are deadly and can kill you, being deathly afraid of them is a evolutionary way for people to stay way from or instants kill a possible threat to their life.

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132- There are only a few, I can only think of about 4-5 that are deadly with treatment, which is easily obtainable at almost any hospital, and maybe 10-ish that can kill you without treatment if you are not a small child or elderly person. So please STFU spiders are very seldom deadly and almost never when they are not provoked. Almost every human has the ability to kill you, don't see many victims a phobia of humans do you.

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"Anyway, there are people who have severe fears of dogs and clowns, but they don't kill dogs and clowns when they see them !" If someone with a fear of dogs has a dog jump up at them, they would likely try to swat it away. Same with any other large animal, and same with any small animal or insect, as long as the fear is there. A sudden and intense fear leads to the fight or flight response: people either run or try to swat the danger away. It's an automatic reaction that can't be he

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First, everyone knows what fight or flight is, so the explanation was unnecessary. Anyway, the fight or flight response is suppressible : the OP could have taken a moment to assess the situation instead of being mean and killing the innocent spider ! Also, what about flight ? No matter how you put it, the OP really did have a choice and should have thought through his or her actions. Even if s/he was freaking out, s/he didn't have to kill the spider. Also, it's stupid to bring up the spider j

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do you know why some snakes out there bite humans? Its because they are more afraid of humans then humans are afraid of snakes. what it comes down to it is that the roommate wanted to show op the spider, knowing fully well that op was afraid of them. Clearly the roommate wanted a good laugh at op reaction to see him/her to freak out, but what it comes right to it he/she acted out of reflex when his/her fears came up. Its really the roommate's fault for endangering his pet. op just acted out of d

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