Why Holding a Tarantula Transforms Fear

As the line gets shorter and shorter to hold the Tarantula I panic. I think to myself, “What if she bites me?” “What if she jumps on my face?” “What if she shoots her pokey hairs into my eyes?” I have arachnophobia. Just looking at a picture of a spider gives me anxiety. I don’t want my kids to inherit my fear-based patterns so I have agreed to explore my fear and hold the Tarantula. As we wait in line to meet Rosie I observe my mind struggling between conditioned fear and my knowledge of human behavior. My conditioned […]

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