How can I control it?
Well, if you are trying to get your arachnophobia
under control you are walking down the right path. If
just reading about spiders makes your heart pound, then
that is the right place to start.
When your heart is ready, try looking at pictures - start
with one that are so close up that all you can see are
the beautiful body patterns, but not the whole spider -
or so far away that it feels safe - a small spider on a
big web. Have you got that far - get some plastic
Don't push yourself - keep them in their bag for a
while, take them out when you are ready.
Next step is to be in a building where you know there are
live spiders. When that feels comfortable be in the same
room with them, when that feels comfortable go and see
the real thing. Does the thought of that make your heart
pound? If it does the focus in on it and think of being
calm and at ease. Learn what if feels like to relax and
untense yourself - then you can work on knowing that you
are in control of - not your fears - but how you react to
You have started working on your fears just be
recognising that they are for "no particular
reason." Almost all of us have such fears - but most
of us are lucky enough that whatever it is we are afraid
of we don't have to face very often.