There are theories about where some phobias originate that are very interesting. Some speculate that the fear of spiders and snakes is deeply rooted in our genetic history; that survival depended on being alert and afraid of such creatures. Just knowing this may help calm a milder reaction to those creepy crawlies.

Many people, however, recall specific events that started their terror of spiders or snakes. Sometimes it was one particular episode or it may have been a series of encounters tha...
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