October 31, 2011

Fear of Spiders Rooted in Anxiety, Disgust

Belle Dume, Cosmos Magazine

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder and a fear of spiders are among the number of psychopathologies related to the disease-avoidance emotion of disgust, according to current research into the emotion's role in humans.

Disgust has long been a forgotten emotion when it comes to psychiatric health. Now, researchers have reported that it is important for at least three diagnosable anxiety disorders - animal phobias, some types of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and 'blood-injury-innoculation' fear.

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TAGGED: Spiders, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, Disgusting, Fear, Phobias


October 11, 2013
Brown Recluse Spider Silk Is Strong & Strange
Nadia Drake, Wired
One of the most feared spiders in North America might soon be known for something other than its notoriously nasty venom: really strange silk. The brown recluse spider spins a silk unlike any other produced by known arachnids or... more ››