Here’s How You Can Get Over Your Fear Of Spiders In Two Minutes, Apparently

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Scientists reckon they’ve finally cracked how to cure people of their fear of spiders in just two minutes – although the solution may be a tad too extreme for some arachnophobes.

Two experts believe they can help people to get over their intense fear of the eight-legged monstrosities for good, although the solution actually sounds like it would traumatise people rather than fix the problem.

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All you have to do, according to researchers at the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, is be trapped in the same room as a spider.

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It sounds a bit like the kind of horrific punishment you might see in Saw but the scientists believe the 120 seconds of exposure, combined with a single dose of pharmacological treatment, will actually combat the fear.

As reported by the Washington Post, researchers Marieke Soeter and Merel Kindt discovered the phenomenon by locking 45 people in a room with a tarantula.

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While that does sound fucking terrifying, the researchers also gave them a beta blocker known as propranolol or a placebo to help them deal with the stress.

Some saw immediate improvements, while others who took the drug found that after a year their fear of spiders had significantly reduced.

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Speaking to the Post, Kindt said:

Here we show for the first time that an amnesic drug given in conjunction with memory reactivation transformed avoidance behaviour to approach behaviour in people with a real-life spider fear. The new treatment is more like surgery than therapy.

[The participants] couldn’t believe it. They went on and on. One even asked if they could have it in their hand. As a therapist, I almost cannot believe it!

By this logic, all the contestants on I’m A Celebrity… should come out of the jungle absolutely loving creepy crawlies.


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