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#1    seaturtlehorsesnake

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:43 AM

i'm not sure what the policy is on posting links here (man, that's a little embarrasing). i hope this is ok, though? it's a blog post, but on wired.

http://www.wired.com...-spider-phobia/

it's about an interesting little study some people did to try to to find out more about how arachnaphobia affects people, and where it comes from. also, david tennant. it seems to indicate that the fear of spiders is more a learned fear, than one that has an evolutionary basis.


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:59 AM

What about a fear of David Tennant?


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 06:06 AM

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i'm not sure what the policy is on posting links here (man, that's a little embarrasing). i hope this is ok, though? it's a blog post, but on wired.
Well, as from what I've seen it's mostly post the link, a bit about the link, and why you feel it's worth sharing.

Well done on all counts. :)

Also, I like spiders.

Edited by ShadowSot, 07 January 2014 - 06:09 AM.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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Posted 07 January 2014 - 06:47 AM

ah, good! i'm a pretty big fan of spiders too, which is why i posted this.

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 07 January 2014 - 05:59 AM, said:

What about a fear of David Tennant?

it does not exactly say, but it's reasonable to assume that that is a learned fear. perhaps caused by being frightened by a wild david tennant early in life.


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 07:29 AM

View Postseaturtlehorsesnake, on 07 January 2014 - 06:47 AM, said:

it does not exactly say, but it's reasonable to assume that that is a learned fear. perhaps caused by being frightened by a wild david tennant early in life.
Well that explains it, I was bitten by a David Tennant once.
Davidodecadoctorphobia it's called.


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 07:32 AM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 07 January 2014 - 07:29 AM, said:


Well that explains it, I was bitten by a David Tennant once.
Davidodecadoctorphobia it's called.
Was it a radioactive David Tennant?

Favorite bit from the article:

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There is a remarkably large research field pretty much based on getting people to look at spiders and poke them with sticks. For Science.


It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:03 AM

Well I do have fabulous hair.


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:19 AM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 07 January 2014 - 08:03 AM, said:

Well I do have fabulous hair.

Have you started overacting yet?

That is one of the classic signs, and an indication the progression of the condition is now irreversible.

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