Do arachnophobes hate spiders or do they fear spiders?

Posted by: Mathgeekjoe

  • They hate spiders

  • They fear spiders

9% 1 votes
91% 10 votes
  • To be fair, though, while the root 'phobia' does mean 'fear', it doesn't al words ending with the -phobia suffix necessarily mean 'a fear of X', for meanings can change with time.

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Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-23T07:21:05.9694581-05:00
"To be fair, though, while the root 'phobia' does mean 'fear', it doesn't al words ending with the -phobia suffix necessarily mean 'a fear of X', for meanings can change with time." I agree, but the reason I posted this poll wasn't exactly for arachnophobia, it was for phobias in general.
TBR says2015-04-23T09:35:15.8734207-05:00
Little from column A little from column B
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-23T09:36:18.6838441-05:00
"Little from column A little from column B" Could you elaborate.
PetersSmith says2015-04-23T09:59:17.7292035-05:00
A phobia is defined as a highly focused fear of a specific object or situation, where it is usually an irrational fear. I don't see hate anywhere in that definition.
TBR says2015-04-23T10:12:57.7722361-05:00
I don't "fear" all spiders, some I do. I don't go out of my way to shoot them with a gun, I work very hard to get them away from the interior of my home, but don't want to kill every last one of them. A little fear, a little hate.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-23T10:13:41.9575694-05:00
I don't see hate anywhere in the definition either, but I have found the word hate in the definition of certain phobes.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-23T10:14:39.5581932-05:00
TBR, I don't think you are a arachnophobe.
TBR says2015-04-23T10:18:20.4712093-05:00
I should also note that I am working hard to break the cycle with my son. There are garter snake everywhere in our yard. Lots of them. The dog loves them. My wife (brave woman) picked one up for the boy to play with. I would like him to come at these things as "clean" as possible. I really have a thing for all animals. They love me, I love them. It has been a kinship throughout my life, and critical to my happiness. However! I have some built-in prodigious about insects and many "things that swim". I would like to have my son not see this prodigious.
Kreakin says2015-04-24T17:21:18.5995044-05:00
Many people who fear something come to hate it for the way it makes them feel.
Kreakin says2015-04-24T17:22:19.6196695-05:00
People scared of driving often say "I hate cars" for example.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-24T17:28:49.9689554-05:00
But what if you have someone terrified of spiders but doesn't hate them?
Kreakin says2015-04-24T17:30:00.7391069-05:00
They are probably in therapy and overcoming their fear :)
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-24T17:32:30.5231692-05:00
But they lack hate of spiders, that goes counter to your vote.
Kreakin says2015-04-24T17:35:38.5667746-05:00
You are not really likely to like something that you are phobic of, but there is always the exception. Really you are just playing semantics to your own end. Common sense has to prevail sometimes.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-24T17:39:30.1502591-05:00
"You are not really likely to like something that you are phobic of, but there is always the exception." There is actually quite a bit of exceptions, you got people who respect what spiders do for the word but have a fear of them. You also have people who don't use the word hate. You also have some people who claim they love all living things but also have a fear of spiders.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-24T17:41:24.3572404-05:00
Here is another question. Lets say you have a person who hates spiders and loves killing them, but lacks fear of them. Is this person a arachnophobe?
Kreakin says2015-04-24T17:45:27.8605521-05:00
Why would they kill them if they didn't fear them, just an odd person?
Kreakin says2015-04-24T17:45:45.1439290-05:00
Why would they kill them if they didn't fear them, just an odd person?
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-24T17:48:27.9969058-05:00
I have seen many people kill many things they don't fear. I would say your average high school male hates spiders while not fearing them.
Kreakin says2015-04-24T17:52:09.9033972-05:00
If you look deeper they prob do fear them. We are all mostly hardwired from birth to fear snakes and spiders.

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