Arachnophobia in the Army

#1
I was speaking to a fellow ARRSER about this the other night but she was clearly drunk/medicated and didn't seem to be able to answer the question.

When my cousin came back from Afghanistan pretty much 60% of his pictures showed a fucking camel spider, big arse normal spider or scorpion lurking around somewhere. Now I'm terrified of spiders (aye, I know, I'm a big pussy blah blah) but I know I'm not the only one.

How the fuck do soldiers deal with arachnophobia? Do you just suck it up for fear of being ridiculed by your oppos?
 

daywalker

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#2
I was speaking to a fellow ARRSER about this the other night but she was clearly drunk/medicated and didn't seem to be able to answer the question.

When my cousin came back from Afghanistan pretty much 60% of his pictures showed a fucking camel spider, big arse normal spider or scorpion lurking around somewhere. Now I'm terrified of spiders (aye, I know, I'm a big pussy blah blah) but I know I'm not the only one.

How the fuck do soldiers deal with arachnophobia? Do you just suck it up for fear of being ridiculed by your oppos?
Normally dealt with by catching said animals and placing in mess tin for a fight to the death.
 
#3
I hate the things ... but please don't tell anyone!

Berlin
 
#4
I wouldn't be able to 'catch' one of these fuckers. I'd be bricking it.

BUT - do people place bets on these fights? That could be fun. Even though I might boke when watching.
 
#7
Great big hairy squaddies just remind them selves that they are huge and the spider is much, much, much smaller then them and then they either stamp on it or pick it up and chuck it towards a buddy for them to play with.

A lot of people who think they are scared of things like spiders are just showing learned behaviour picked up from watching mummy scream whenever she saw one. Or they learn to be scared of heights from a childhood spend being told, "don't go up there, you'll fall!", ect. When the penny drops you suddenly realise there's nought to be scared of...


There, that consulation will cost you £60. Pay on the way out...
 
#8
Accomodation was frequently in 'Spider Huts' a few centuries ago.
 
#10
Great big hairy squaddies just remind them selves that they are huge and the spider is much, much, much smaller then them and then they either stamp on it or pick it up and chuck it towards a buddy for them to play with.

A lot of people who think they are scared of things like spiders are just showing learned behaviour picked up from watching mummy scream whenever she saw one. Or they learn to be scared of heights from a childhood spend being told, "don't go up there, you'll fall!", ect. When the penny drops you suddenly realise there's nought to be scared of...


There, that consulation will cost you £60. Pay on the way out...
Explain to me then why my children are shit-scared of spiders when neither of their parents are?
 

Ravers

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#13
In all my time in the Forces, I've never once had to wear an anorak.

Why anyone would be scared of an unfashionable item of outerwear is beyond me though.

You should probably go and take your head for a shit.
 
#15
Explain to me then why my children are shit-scared of spiders when neither of their parents are?
Probably from stories, fairy stories, nursery rhymes, stuff on the telly, from seeing nanny make a fuss, from other kids, little miss muffet leaping off her tuffet, or maybe just a lack of people calmly showing there's nothing to be scared of. Or perhaps they missed out on the spider stamping course for beginners!
 
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#17
A lot of people who think they are scared of things like spiders are just showing learned behaviour picked up from watching mummy scream whenever she saw one. Or they learn to be scared of heights from a childhood spend being told, "don't go up there, you'll fall!", ect. When the penny drops you suddenly realise there's nought to be scared of...
Agree with this to a degree... when I went to school most of the girls claimed to be scared of spiders... I quickly realised it was because they could scream and act all helpless and get a guy to rescue them. The girl got attention and the guy felt a bit like a knight in shining armour.

It annoyed me no end as I actually seriously do have the blasted phobia and can pinpoint its exact origins. My dad let me watch arachnophobia the move when it premiered in the early 90s on telly and I was only a tot (pre school) at the time. It may be a comedy spoof but it was fucking terrifying to a toddler.

That night I had to have my room swept for spiders hiding inside my shoes, under my blanket etc. A true arachnophobe will scan the corners of a room as soon as they walk into it and check all obvious spider hiding places - under the toilet seat etc. Their heartrate will also rocket on being faced with one (well mine does).

I genuinely believe that it's one of those trendy 'things to have'...like about 90 percent of so called dyslexics are just illiterate chancers, the majority of arachnophobes are doing the learned behaviour thing.

But not me! If you chuck a spider at me I will scream bloody murder! And/or feint.

Now I'm skiddadling before someone posts a big fuckoff picture of an eight eyed demon killer beast. :spiderman: I can't even look at photos.
 
#19
I'm scared of spiders. I have one currently lurking in the corner of my hallway. I have to check it is in the corner before I leave my bedroom and if it's not there I have to find it before I can doing anything. I think it is plotting to jump out at me when I least expect it. I've already had the neighbours banging on the door when it surprised me and I screamed, apparently they thought something was wrong and decided to check on me, when they found out it was a spider they left, laughing. Didn't remove the bloody thing for me either. It's still lurking either in the corner at the top of the stairs or the corner at the bottom of the stairs.

If anyone wants to volunteer to remove it for me, I'll make them a cup of tea :) (unless I work up the courage to kill the thing with my shoe first)

TPBD
 

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