Taken in Marana & Tucson, AZ 2008-09
Arachnophobia or arachnephobia (from the Greek: ἀράχνη, aráchnē, “spider” and φόβος, phóbos, “fear”) is a specific phobia, the irrational fear of spiders. It is a manifestation of zoophobia, among the most common of all phobias.1 The reactions of arachnophobics often seem irrational to others (and sometimes to the sufferers themselves). People with arachnophobia tend to feel uneasy in any area they believe could harbor spiders or that has visible signs of their presence, such as webs. If arachnophobics see a spider they may not enter the general vicinity until they have overcome the panic attack that is often associated with their phobia. In some extreme cases, even a picture or a realistic drawing of a spider can also evoke fear. They may feel humiliated if such episodes happen in the presence of peers or family members.
The fear of spiders can be treated by any of the general techniques suggested for specific phobias.
An evolutionary reason for the phobias, such as arachnophobia, claustrophobia, fear of snakes or mice, etc. remains unresolved.