An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on Monday 14th March 2016, written by the Oxford Reference marketing team.
'Arachnophobia, an irrational fear of spiders, affects millions of people around the world. This is not helped by popular culture portraying them as scary, deadly creatures who could creep up on you, and bite you, when you least expect it. Admittedly, they also look pretty creepy...
The outcome being that spiders often get a bad reputation, with people running away from them, or killing them, when they usually pose no danger to anyone. In fact, spiders play a very important part in balancing nature, controlling the population of insects. You do need to be careful of the hundred or so species that are classed as dangerous, but this is only one hundred out of over thirty-five thousand species of spider. So the odds are in our favor.
Are you scared of spiders? Marie Curie once said "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood".'
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