*WARNING: This post contains images that may be distressing to some people*
Millions of people on the planet experience fears and some have been diagnosed with phobias. Contrary to popular belief, there is a big difference between the two; a fear is just that – something you’re afraid of. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder involving an extreme or irrational fear or aversion to something.
There are thousands of phobias and fears but there is a handful that almost anybody you’ll ever meet has. Like, a fear of the dark when they were little or being afraid to fly. Heights, needles, and closed-in spaces are popular fears as well. Spiders are another thing near the top of the list that multitudes of people are afraid of.
Now, while spiders are creepy, there’s a very small population of them that can actually hurt you and a quick Google search will give you images of poisonous spiders if you ever encounter one. In most cases, they’re pretty easy to spot. It may be hard to hear, but spiders are actually pretty helpful little buggers so if you can stand it, don’t destroy that spider web you found on your back deck!
You know what’s a little harder to figure out if they are dangerous or not? Snakes. Consequently, more people are actually afraid of snakes than anything else. According to a Gallup poll, 51-percent of adults are scared of snakes. Honestly, with good reason. Just ask Milo Sutcliffe who was almost killed when he was bitten by a decapitated rattlesnake head.