Eli5: Why is a phobia of spiders so common?

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Why are so many humans (myself included) afraid of spiders? Arachnophobia consistently lands in the top 10 most-common phobias. Why? Especially when there aren’t *that* many deadly species of them? Why spiders over other animals?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

That’s a lot of nonsense being posted here.

Every fear except from heights and loud noises is learned behaviour.

People with a fear of spiders picked it up from somewhere, maybe their mum screaming at one when they were a kid etc.

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