phobo-, phob-, -phobia, -phobias, -phobe, -phobiac, -phobist, -phobic, -phobism, -phobous
(Greek: fear, extreme fear of; morbid, excessive, irrational fear, or terror of something or someone; however, sometimes this Greek element also means a strong dislike, dread, or hatred for something or someone)
For more details about the various phobias, visit this Phobias Introduction page to see Phobia Variations Defined and Explained.
There are only two forces that unite men: fear and self-interest.
With aphephobia, a physical contact with another individual can be overpowering and even painful, and in some cases, the fear is specific to only one gender, while in other situations it relates to all human beings.
Spiders, Spiders Everywhere
Currently, about 30,000 species of spiders have been recognized, although it is certain that many more have yet to be discovered in all parts of the world.
The spiders are known to occupy nearly every terrestrial habitat, from the peaks of the highest mountain ranges into the depth of the largest caves and holes, from damp marshes to dry deserts. Anywhere in fact that they can find other arthropods to provide them with meals.
Arachnohobics are usually unable to go on a picnic or stay in strange hotels or houses, and they usually check around themselves when they are outside. Some people have been known to become physically sick at the sight of a arachnid.
One arachnophobic said, "Seeing a spider makes me rigid with terror, hot, trembling, and dizzy. I have occasionally vomited and once I fainted in order to escape from the situation. These symptoms have lasted as long as three or four days after seeing a spider in my house."
"Even realistic pictures can cause the same effect, especially if I place my hand on one by mistake."
Another arachnophobic said, "Recently I came downstairs early in the morning and walked into a spider hanging on a long web and it actually touched my face and in my fear I tore at my face, scratching it in several places, became hysterical, and was bleeding."
Historically, blazing flames have been a source of both fear and awe, with both divine and evil interpretations, and such evil associations sometimes exist for anyone who suffers from arsonophobia.