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Tarantula and Arachnophobia Opinion Survey

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by TarantulaTylerHello, Mar 12, 2018.

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    I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and I am conducting primary research on Tarantula care and what people with arachnophobia can learn from tarantula keepers! It is 9 questions and you do not have to answer all of them if you do not wish to.
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  2. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    I'm skeptical about those researches (I don't want to undermine your work, don't get me wrong) because I continue to believe that a true arachnophobic person can't learn nothing from an arachnid keeper.

    It's a (worldwide) primordial, ancestral inner fear. To me is one of the very, very few issues in life that I consider a pure 'black' or 'white' situation: 'you' are one, or 'you' aren't.

    I'm not considering at all, btw, the 'spider-haters' or 'spider-dislikers' but those that, like my cousin (btw a nurse on her 50) ends with severe panic attacks, breath issue, sweating etc only, and I say only, when/if she spot an harmless house spider.
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  3. Mychajlo

    Mychajlo Arachnosquire

    Submitted! Please keep us updated on how your research goes.
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  4. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnomancer Arachnosupporter

    Done. I wonder how many responses you will get.
  5. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Submitted, but I'm not sure what you are gaining from this survey....
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  6. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron

    Just finished. Good luck on the research project.
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  7. Draketeeth

    Draketeeth Arachnoknight

    Good luck in your research!
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  8. I think people use arachnophobia wrong.

    A real phobia is a fear that is immense and sometimes uncontrollable. People with rabies get hydrophobia where they literally cannot drink or be around water. That is a real phobia, though derived from an virus instead of some psychological thing.

    When people say they are arachnophobic I have a hard time believing them. Most people just don't like them, some are afraid of them but just kill them or get a way. Real arachnophobes would be paralyzed at a picture of a spider and probably more so in person. It is in the same vain as people saying they are OCD. Hanging your shirts with the hangers facing the same way is not OCD. Flipping a light switch up and down exactly 33 times each time you enter the room is OCD.
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  9. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    I love these little surveys.. :)
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  10. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    This. I've mentioned it in the survey but also in similar discussions on here.
    A phobia means you've lost control and the fear is affecting your life on all fronts.
    Getting jumpscared by a spider or think they're gross is not a phobia, it's just fear.
    I hate how every emotion and reaction is blown out of proportion nowadays. If someone feels a bit down, he's depressed. If someone feels a bit nervous, he has anxiety. Bunch of nonsense and extremely hurtful to people who actually have those conditions and getting told to man up. :shifty:
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  11. Agreed. SOME people seem to want to draw sympathy to themselves and exaggerate their "condition" so they can get attention.
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  12. D Sherlod

    D Sherlod Arachnoknight

    Oxford dictionary descripes arachnophobia........severe and irrational fear of spiders.

    Thats a very simple definition. .... no where does it talk about degree of fear.

    What I do know for sure for the person dealing with an irrational fear.. the fear is very very real. It can have both physical and mental effects or trauma.

    Irrational fear can (in most cases) be treated with various types of therapy.

    Survey submitted

    Good luck with your research
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  13. I'd say irrational and severe are degrees of fear...
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  14. VanessaS

    VanessaS Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

    Severe is, but irrational isn't a gauge.
  15. VanessaS

    VanessaS Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

    I completed it as well. Good luck.
  16. Leila

    Leila Arachnobaron

  17. Fair enough.
  18. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    I submitted my responses.
  19. AphonopelmaTX

    AphonopelmaTX Moderator Staff Member

    Count me in. I just sent my responses.
  20. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Well, in case of a phobia, it is NOT defined by a dictionary but by a diagnostic tool for psychology and psychiatry. Letting a dictionary define a mental disorder is like getting your car fixed by someone who specialises in rooftop building.

    @spidertherapy78 works with people who have phobias and can confirm, and I'm a psychiatric nurse;)

    This is the definition of a phobia by the worldwide measuring diagnostic tool DSM, which is used by psychiatrists around the globe:
    DSM Version
    DSM IV
    DSM Criteria
    A. Marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable, cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, heights, animals, receiving an injection, seeing blood).

    B. Exposure to the phobic stimulus almost invariably provokes an immediate anxiety response, which may take the form of a situationally bound or situationally predisposed Panic Attack.
    Note: In children, the anxiety may be expressed by crying, tantrums, freezing, or clinging.

    C. The person recognizes that the fear is excessive or unreasonable. Note: In children, this feature may be absent.

    D. The phobic situation(s) is avoided or else is endured with intense anxiety or distress.

    E. The avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared situation(s) interferes significantly with the person's normal routine, occupational (or academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships, or there is marked distress about having the phobia.

    F. In individuals under age 18 years, the duration is at least 6 months.

    G. The anxiety, Panic Attacks, or phobic avoidance associated with the specific object or situation are not better accounted for by another mental disorder, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (e.g., fear of dirt in someone with an obsession about contamination), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (e.g., avoidance of stimuli associated with a severe stressor),Separation Anxiety Disorder (e.g., avoidance of school), Social Phobia (e.g., avoidance of social situations because of fear of embarrassment), Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia, or Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder.

    Specify type:

    Animal Type
    Natural Environment Type (e.g., heights, storms, water)
    Blood-Injection-Injury Type
    Situational Type (e.g., airplanes, elevators, enclosed places)
    Other Type (e.g., phobic avoidance of situations that may lead to choking, vomiting, or contracting an illness; in children, avoidance of loud sounds or costumed characters)
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