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I will never begin to understand why so many people vilify spiders so much. I get that some have genuine phobias, but really, in the majority of people this fear was learned as a child. Don't teach your children to fear spiders (or any valuable part of an ecosystem for that matter)... Teach them respect, and not to touch. They're fascinating and incredible critters that have conquered every available niche, to the point that they ran out of niches so they made up some new ones and filled those. Spiders are awesome. It's ok if you don't want them in your house, and if you want to eliminate them from it.... but really, it's a tiny little spider, there is no reasons to act so irrational and spazzy about it. I had a friend in high school that would cause a huge scene and scream and shriek when she saw a spider. Everyone would stop and stare. It was downright embarrassing. I think that in her case (not all cases) part of it was exaggerated acting for attention.
Just because you find them to not be horrifying or as bad things. Others do, and it's not always brought on by being brought up that way. Situations or things seen can cause people to have a phobia of them. To make light of it and say it can just be fixed by showing them and teaching them from a young age to not feel that way about them is somewhat ignorant. Most people with phobias wish they could get rid of them. To what other people see as an over reaction or something funny is a traumatic experience for the one with the phobia. Why is it that people who are afraid of them are in the wrong? As well as the fact that I'm sorry your friend embarrassed you, but she was most likely the one most embarrassed. Fear in itself is irrational. I assume you don't have any fears since you pretty much just took what was a horrible experience for your "friend" and made it out like she just wanted attention. You should read up on phobias and things alike before talking about them. You evidently don't realize how they work. Otherwise you end up sounding how you do right now an insensitive, ignorant prick.
Now he has to burn down the room and watch it be extinguished from the sidewalk.
There are people with debilitating fears of spiders. Just because they have crippling phobias doesn't mean that they are any less manly. I'm scared of flying roaches. I know it's a stupid fear, and that they can't hurt me, but that doesn't stop me from running out of the room the moment I see one, or scream and run if it starts flying towards me. And now it's 2014. We're starting to understand that the unreasonable emotional expectations placed on men can be harmful. They should be allowed to be scared of things too. They aren't that different from us females...well...They are pretty different, but they're human beings too. Cut him some slack. (darn,I was really trying not to make it this long)
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Hey, tic tacs are terrifying. FYL, OP. Just remember that everyone has a fear, still, he's a grown man and shouldn't be afraid of that.
#8 Fine you try having it then. I've had it since I was three and all my mother ever did was laugh at me. Have you ever seen something that makes your chest tighten? You can't breathe? You get so scared you start to cry in front of everyone? Till the point if it's not dealt with you legitimately pass out? If you answered no then why don't you shut up about it.