Entomologists Fear Spiders Too

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    New research shows the entomologists aren’t safe from arachnophobia, despite their chosen profession.

    An article published in the journal American Entomologist says that those who make a living studying insects can be just as spider-adverse as the next person.  A survey of working entomologists found that most had a mild disgust or fear of the creepy crawly little creatures but some were clinically arachnophobic and react to spiders in an almost “debilitating manner.”  That’s ironic.  Scientists are trying to understand the roots of the fear of spiders, so they can lessen instances of arachnophobia in the long run.