People with arachnophobia tend to feel uneasy in areas they believe could be inhabited by spiders. Interestingly, many people fear spiders because of their poisonous nature, while others fear the thought of being bitten. The intensity of the phobia varies from one individual to the other.
“Phobias can get very severe – they can stop people taking holidays or lead to a heightened sense of anxiety where people can’t quite relax. People can become prisoners in their own homes,” psychologist and hypnotherapist Felix Economakis tells the independent.co.uk.
Celebrities like Andre Agassi, J.K Rowling, Jessica Simpson, Rupert Grint, Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp have this phobia. Jessica Simpson reportedly had trouble sleeping the through a night after seeing cobwebs in the bedroom.
Arachnophobia has also been an area of concern for pop star Justin Timberlake, who admitted in an interview with Britain’s Smash Hits magazine: “I’m really, really scared of spiders. I just hate them. I was staying at a nice hotel and I had to call reception because I spotted one in my room. I was too scared to get rid of it myself.”
Rupert Grint, of Harry Potter fame (who has also suffered from the swine flu) is also particularly afraid of spiders.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor Johnny Depp also has fear of spiders along with other phobias like coulrophobia and plasmophobia.
Various therapies, and self-help groups can work wonders to overcome arachnophobia. The gradual exposure to spider’s pictures or even touching the spiders can be of great help in beating arachnophobia. Psychologist Economakis says: “A hypnotherapist could cure arachnophobia in one session.”