By uwotm8 - 24/05/2015 00:58 - Australia - Burwood
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Did you forget that arachnophobia is actually a thing? It causes irrational fears that naturally inspire over reacting to the situation until someone can find a treatment plan to cope with their arachnophobia. Plus that, an arachnophobe dealing with spiders in Australia is like having someone who's afraid of heights bungee jumping to face their fears- only to have the instructor tell them "Sometimes things can go wrong, but don't worry! You most likely won't die!" Yeah, us people with phobias tend to have our brains rigged to jump to the worst possible outcomes, and we often can't help reacting accordingly to that. Trying to kill a spider with keys was far from intelligent; but personally- if the spider was moving fast and I couldn't get to my shoe fast enough, I can't say I wouldn't have done the same thing. Logic tends to short out in periods of extreme emotion. That doesn't make OP stupid or mean that they deserved it; it just means they had a reaction too severe for their brain to cope with at that very moment.
i hate people like 9. explaining to someone with arachnophobia how a spider is harmless even though they ALREADY KNOW THAT is like telling a person with depression to "just be happy". you only make things worse. although i cant assume thats the real reason why they wanted to kill it, they are in australia after all so it could be harmful... personally im too afraid of spiders to even get close enough with my keys.
40/44 That's fair enough, but way too many people get freaked out by spiders. I think it probably is arachnophobia in most cases, rather than simple overreactions, but it's still something that needs to be combated. I don't think people are just born arachnophobic, it's often a learned reaction from seeing other people overreact to spiders. Working in schools, I've seen teachers talk about spiders saying 'ewww, they're so nasty, I hate spiders' etc., when there aren't even spiders in the room (so not knowledgeable but irrational) and I've seen the children copy it. I do my damndest to demonstrate to the kids that spiders are usually fine and actually kind of cute but I'm heavily outnumbered. So no, explaining the facts to an arachnophobic doesn't really help when there is a spider around, but I think it's still important to remind ourselves that, irrational fear or not, spiders ARE usually harmless and to be mindful of how we speak about them around kids.
i agree with you in that you should educate kids to not be afraid of them, and to not make a spectacle of spiders being nasty, because it is a learned reaction for some. however i disagree and kind of believe that people ARE born arachophobic. some people will argue along side me that its a natural instinct to fear spiders and bugs, since 2000-10000 years ago we didnt have the internet/ mass knowledge to know what bug was poisonois and what was not, and for the most part bugs and arachnids are not helpful to humans so it makes sense to naturally not want to be near them instead of taking that chance. same with snakes. i will agree that in some cases it is a learned behaviour like you say, but in others its not since all my peers and family like spiders and im the odd ball out that doesnt.
Op never said he was an arachnaphobic. If he is one then his reaction is understandable and he doesn't deserve it. If he isn't an arachnaphobic then i think he deserves it for trying to use his keys as a way to smash a spider. I wasn't trying to be intolerant or anything, a lot of people just over react about spiders thinking they're all dangerous when they're really not. If they've been diagnosed with arachnaphobia from and actual medical physician then I'm sorry for them. If they're just overly cautious of spiders then they should know most spiders are fine. Its just the bad few that ruin it for everyone. Kinda like the fat rude americans that ruin it for the rest of us haha. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
whether or not they are arachnophobic is irrelevant, since using a key on a car is stupid in ANY situation whatsoever. the op gets so slack. and who the hell goes to a doctor to be diagnosed for a phobia like that one, unless they are actively seeking theropy? (which most dont, why would they?) thats a fuckin stupid waste of time when most people with arachnophobia just avoid spiders and thats it. its kind of rude you imply that you only feel sorry for someone whos terrified os spiders if a physician diagnosed the condition, when all they would do to diagnos is just ask a few easy questions like "do spiders make you anxious" and bam the doctor labels it. sorry was of my time... like when i told my doctor i was depressed. i told him, and he diagnosed me. so sorry but that sounded silly what you said... just because he doctor didnt label it sounds mean shit.
..,did you really think killing a spider that was on your car with your keys wasn't a terrible idea? YDI
You absolutely deserve it for using your keys . That's just not smart...