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How To Get Over Arachnophobia – Fear Of Spiders

What is the fear of spiders called?

Arachnophobia, also called “spider phobia” or “fear of spiders,” is an intense fear or hatred of spiders. While arachnophobia varies in intensity from person to person, this prevalent phobia affects up to 15% of the population, leading to persistent anxiety and avoidance behaviors that often impair daily functioning and significantly disrupt lives.

Why are people scared of spiders? And why are spiders so scary?

The reasons for the development of arachnophobia are myriad:

  • Evolutionary brain development may play a role since early humans who feared and avoided venomous spiders likely had a more significant survival advantage.
  • The Cleveland Clinic reports that genetic predisposition may contribute. Technically, scientists believe neurochemicals overstimulate an area of your brain – your amygdala – in the presence of fear. They also report that it is thought that a single genetic mutation can increase your risk of arachnophobia if you possess that specific genetic anomaly.
  • Behavioral predisposition may contribute, especially if there is a family history of exhibited phobic behaviors.
  • Direct traumatic experiences can lead to arachnophobia and cause incidents to replay in one’s mind when presented with the offending stimulus.
  • Other possibilities – Vicarious learning, media influence, cultural beliefs, familial reactions, and underlying psychological factors can all contribute to the development of this fear.

The good news is arachnophobia is entirely treatable and extinguishable with Brainspotting.

How to get over the fear of spiders

Brainspotting (BSP) is a powerful, effective, and non-invasive treatment for fear of spiders and other arachnids.

BSP allows the client to safely discuss the fear and experiences in a calm and rational environment. Using gentle bilateral music, the therapist notes the client’s eye positions to help desensitize all thoughts, memories, and perceptions attached to the fear.

In Brainspotting, the therapist helps the client identify specific points, called “brain spots,” in their visual field. These brain spots correlate with neural networks where stored traumatic memories and emotions lie dormant. Yet these memories and emotions can be activated when presented with a frightening stimulus.

Brainspotting delves into unresolved traumatic experiences or “stuck” memories and emotional issues stored in the brain. It specifically targets the root causes and experiences associated with the fear and the various ways it has been intensified by other seemingly unrelated experiences that have sustained or continued to increase the emotional discomfort.

What happens in a Brainspotting session?

The therapist and client work together to recognize and discuss the relevant eye positions while the client holds their gaze on the eye position.  This creates a pathway of calm, allowing the client to release the stress and anxiety associated with the phobic issues and allowing them to let go of their intense fear of spiders.

The brain, a complex network of neurons, sometimes fails to fully process the emotional and sensory aspects of fear, leading to a persistent state of anxiety and avoidance.

Brainspotting aims to help individuals process the stuck memories fueling the arachnophobic response. By concentrating on the identified brain spots while listening to bilateral music, clients can begin to unravel and release the traumatic emotional energy tied to their fear. This therapeutic journey enables them to gradually detach from the phobia, reducing symptoms and fostering emotional recovery.

Brainspotting removes the trauma attached to the stimulus, whatever the fear. And it can work very quickly.


Brainspotting with its neuroscientific framework makes it an exceptionally versatile and potent tool. It addresses the immediate symptoms of arachnophobia and facilitates long-term resilience and stable emotional regulation.

Brainspotting addresses the physical, cognitive, and emotional dimensions of arachnophobia.

Unlike traditional therapies that focus mainly on mental and emotional aspects, Brainspotting targets the underlying neurophysiological roots of the fear. This comprehensive approach makes

Brainspotting a powerful, unique, and effective way to manage and heal from the fear of spiders.

To learn more about the power of Brainspotting to address phobias, trauma, or to boost arts or athletic performance, visit this page.

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