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  • Even though theyre a fraction of our size, seeing those eight-legged terrors scuttle

  • around our homes can give us the creeps!

  • Arachnophobia is the actual diagnosis of anunreasonablefear of spiders; but I

  • don’t think it’s that unreasonable!

  • Wouldn’t you just love to put your fear behind you?

  • I know I would!

  • Even for people who aren’t full-blown arachnophobes, suppressing the shudder of disgust most of

  • us feel when we see a spider would take a long time.

  • Right?

  • Think again!

  • It turns out that a study done by Israeli scientists found a way to reduce the fear

  • of spiders by 20% – in 7 seconds!

  • Sounds unbelievable to me.

  • Were all familiar with the Marvel comic book hero Spider Man, right?

  • Hecan do whatever a spider can” – he can climb walls and shoot webs out of his

  • wrists; he can swing from those webs and trap bad guys in them.

  • Spider Man continues to be the cornerstone of childhood for kids, and a treasured memory

  • to be passed down for adults.

  • So what does Peter Parker have to do with that experiment I mentioned earlier?

  • The scientists split participants into 2 groups: a control group and anintervention

  • group.

  • The intervention group was made up of people who had a huge fear of spiders.

  • The control group consisted of people who didn’t really feel one way or the other

  • about spiders.

  • Both groups did the same survey before and after watching Spider Man movie clips, which

  • gave researchers an idea of how familiar participants were with comic book heroes, and their reactions

  • to their phobias.

  • The control group was only shown the first 7 seconds of the opening credits of the movie,

  • which was full of familiar colors and images from Marvel.

  • They also wouldve caught a glimpse of the instantly-recognizable Marvel logo at the

  • end.

  • The intervention group, on the other hand, watched 7 seconds of a scene from the movie.

  • The scene showed a birds-eye view of a busy office, and then focused on a spider in its

  • web, presumably hanging from the ceiling or in a corner.

  • A woman’s voice is heard saying something to the effect of “I guess the research is

  • working.”

  • That’s it.

  • How could this short, 7-second scene reduce the fear of spiders in the intervention group

  • by such a significant percentage?

  • It has to do with something called exposure therapy.

  • Simply put, this is forcing someone to face what it is that freaks them out.

  • For example, if youre scared of elevators, riding in one would be a hefty dose of exposure

  • therapy.

  • By the way, the control group didn’t report any therapeutic effects from just watching

  • a clip of the intro.

  • The key to exposure therapy is baby steps, and that’s why the clip the intervention

  • group saw was only 7 seconds long; the intervention group also wasn’t in the same room as a

  • real spider, nor did they stand next to a real spider’s cage, or hold one.

  • All they got was a very short visual of the arachnid in its web.

  • Perhaps the next step in the exposure therapy in this scenario would be watching a longer

  • clip of a spider in its natural outdoor habitat; then progressing to seeing a spider in person,

  • and so on, until they eventually overcome their fear.

  • The other key to the success of this experiment was associating the feared objectthe

  • spiderwith something positive: the superhero.

  • Positive associations are very powerful.

  • This was also the first study to use comic book heroes as the positive object.

  • Plus, watching a movie, or even movie clips, is a fun and positive activity!

  • Not a Spider Man fan?

  • There are other methods you can try to conquer your fear of spiders, or at least control

  • that anxiety you probably feel when you see one.

  • 1.

  • Deep breathing (and the magic way to do it) Taking a few deep, full breaths always helps

  • relieve anxiety, and slow your heartrate.

  • If you see a spider, don’t jump into immediate actionslow down.

  • Take some deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.

  • Want to step it up?

  • Plug one nostril, and breathe all the way in through the other nostril.

  • Hold it for a couple seconds, and then plug the opposite nostril.

  • Now let all the air out in a controlled manner through the nostril that is now open and repeat,

  • switching nostrils after each exhale.

  • Trust me, it works every time!

  • 2.

  • Have an action plan.

  • Sit down and think about what you would actually do if you saw a spider; and more importantly,

  • how you would remove it.

  • It may help you to write these steps down.

  • Go over them in your mind for a day or so before you actually put them into action.

  • For example, if you see a spider, you could slowly approach it, scoop it into a jar with

  • a flip-flop, spatula, or other flat object, and dump it outside away from your house.

  • What do you do when you see a spider?

  • Do you run away, or remove it?

  • 3.

  • Tapping This is a method of visualization and anxiety

  • relief where you tap certain points on your body, such as your forehead or temple, while

  • talking about and explaining your fear out loud.

  • Youll follow your explanations with positive, affirming phrases that will make you feel

  • confident and strong, such as, “I am strong enough to face that spider.”

  • The points on your body that are tapped are changed through the exercise.

  • Many videos using this relaxation method can be found online.

  • It’s pretty new-age, but it works!

  • 4.

  • Torch your house.

  • That’s what I would do if I saw a spider!

  • Well, not really, that’s call arson, but the thought of such an extreme action is funny!

  • My point is, try to find some humor in your fear of spiders.

  • Make up a funny scenario in your head.

  • Ask yourself silly questions: Does the spider go home to his wife and kids and say, “Well,

  • it’s been another successful day of scaring the humans!”

  • That’s a corny example, and I like those, but you get the idea.

  • If you can laugh about it, you might find that your fear is lessened, or at least that

  • you don’t feel so anxious.

  • 5.

  • Spider-proof your home.

  • If you just can’t take the thought of being in a close enough proximity with a spider

  • to remove it yourself, take measures to keep spiders out of your house in the first place.

  • There are plenty ofspider sprayson the market, and there are also natural, chemical

  • free ways to keep spiders at bay.

  • Eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil are all essential oils that repel spiders.

  • Put a few drops in the corners of your house.

  • You can also put clumps of the lavender plant or cinnamon sticks in your corners, countertops,

  • or wherever youve spotted a spider.

  • They hate the smell!

  • 6.

  • Vinegar Spray If you know that you have spiders already

  • in your house, make yourself a natural, spider-repelling spray!

  • Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with two cups of lukewarm water in a spray bottle.

  • Shake it up and spray it in areas where youve seen spiders, and also at entry points, like

  • around your doors and windows.

  • The spiders certainly won’t return!

  • Plus, your house will smell clean and fresh!

  • 7.

  • Pest Control If you truly have a spider problem in your

  • house, you might feel overwhelmedand unable to sleep, for that matter!

  • Give your local Pest Control a call.

  • But keep in mind that these guys can be expensive, so try saving this for a last resort.

  • Pest Control might not help you conquer your fear of spiders, but they can always be a

  • secret weapon in your back pocket.

  • Bottom Line: Mark Twain said: Do the thing you fear the most, and the death of fear is

  • certain.

  • Hey, if you learned something new today, give this video a like and share it with a friend!

  • Here are some more videos I think youll enjoy; just click to the left or right.

  • Stay on the Bright Side of life!

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蜘蛛の恐怖を早く克服する方法 (How to Overcome a Fear of Spider Quickly)

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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