After just being accosted by a spider and had the life scared out of me, I began to wonder exactly why I fear bugs.
I have a serious fear of bugs, but I can’t recall an actual bad experience with them, at least on the scale of Jimmy Stewart’s experience to make him fear heights in Vertigo.
I know a lot of people who have this fear, and a lot of people who don’t (these people usually like to torment me).
My question is, how can we grow to fear something that hasn’t hurt us? I mean, I can recall being completely scared of bugs for as long as I can remember, and my parents deny I was ever attacked by a spider within inches of my life. Bugs are the most widespread fear (I think I read that somewhere). Why?