The report said that Arachnophobia
affects six per cent of the population and is one of the most common phobias in the world.
Schilling herself is now trying to help people afflicted with arachnophobia
, overhauling their neural responses as they stare at a live tarantula.
To treat someone with arachnophobia
, a psychologist will typically use some sort of immersion therapy in which the subject starts by petting a stuffed spider and works his way up to sticking his hand into a bucket full of tarantulas.
Film buffs will recall the early scenes of Arachnophobia
(fear of spiders) where the deadly arachnid crept into the coffin of one of its early victims and was flown back to the US.
The dedicated keeper spends four hours a day; four days a week, alone with the spiders in the special breeding facility - surprising as she confesses to having suffered from arachnophobia
until her early 20s.
The fact that most of the 650 species of British spider are utterly harmless is neither here nor there, for arachnophobia
is the commonest of all fears.
(uh-RAK-no-FOH-be-uh): Fear of spiders.
"Roman Holiday" will show Wednesday, "Lost Boys" on March 11, "Jaws" on March 18, "Arachnophobia
" on March 25, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" on April 1, "Flight of the Navigator" on April 8, "Beverly Hills Cop" on April 15 and "Smokey and the Bandit" on April 22.
workshops are being trialled at Dudley Zoological Gardens Discovery Centre with the help of local spider experts.
If you thought Arachnophobia
was chilling a few years back, be ready for a far grislier encounter with spiders.
While about 40,000 species of spiders are reported to live alongside humans in forests, deserts and homes around the world, not all of them are well-liked, as testified by the word arachnophobia
Episode 905 is entitled "Spiders!" The teaching guide contains information and activities on how spiders spin webs, spider strategies for outwitting enemies, the evolution of a new spider species, spider colonies, and arachnophobia
. Each lesson topic is matched to the relevant national science education standards.