By QWERTY - 03/04/2011 23:20
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EEEEEEEEE!! Why would they do such a thing?! Ew ew ew! I would have stomped it with my platforms straight away!! I'm going to have nightmares about spiders now!!
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 friends. Never bit me, never was scared of me, then one day, someone like you killed it. Read up on your facts before you're scared of things. You being afraid of spiders is like me being afraid of flying because I think "90% of planes crash". It annoys me so much when people are afraid of things because of ideas and misinformation. Why would anybody kill a pet spider? If someone's holding a spider, or has it in a terrarium, why would you kill it? You know that whoever has it is not killing it for some reason. If you don't like it, don't go near it. I've been scared by spiders once or twice, but I'm not going to always avoid them. People are like spiders the way they are with pit bulls. A pit bull rarely ever bites anyone, but when they do, everybody says put bulls need to be exterminated. This rant is starting to get out of hand. Get over your irrational fear of spiders, or at least don't kill every single one you see. Have a nice day.
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My boyfriend is deathly afraid of butterflies. He does not dare kill them. It's hard to believe that someone who has an extremely severe arachnophobia dares to kill a big, hairy, scary tarantula. The most logic reaction is that you would run and hide. YTDI, OP. Not because of the phobia (although you can get it cured...), but because you destroyed aka killed someone else his property. Imagine someone with a hamsterphobia smacking hamsters dead. Juk.
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.
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.
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.
fuck him. what's he gonna do if you don't pay him? complain? his fault
Wow ydi Why kill it? It wasn't like it would kill you in any way, or even hurt you. Man up and stop freaking out over such trivial things.
"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.
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.
"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 helped. Because a spider is more fragile than a dog or a clown, that simple 'swat it away' response can be fatal for them, whether one intends to kill the spider or not.
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 jumping on the OP because that's nowhere in the post. (Please excuse my English, it's not my first language.)
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 defense like if a piousness snake saw a five year old (its sad but true). His/her roommate should have known what was going to happen