Dumpster Fire of the Gods
- Aug 8, 2005
Hysteria. Conversion disorder. Somatic symptom disorder. Regardless, plain and simple, arachnophobia is a mental disorder, a mental condition that impairs normal rational functions, be it genetic or learned. IE 'I am the past come back to haunt you, David Lo Pan!'It may be instinctual to some extent, something about their legginess, angularity & skittering triggers a primal response in some people. Twin studies demonstrated similar levels of innate spider fear & it seems reasonable that an innate aversion would exert a positive effect on survival in primitive humans.