An adorable arachnid sees his reflection for the first time.
Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, is certainly one of the more popular fears known to man. According to the Health Research Funding (HRF) organization, over 30.5 percent of the world’s population is afraid of the creepy eight-legged crawlies, just behind necrophobia (the fear of death or dead bodies) and glossophobia (the fear of public speaking).
While there are many different severities of arachnophobia, it dates back thousands of years to ancient civilizations who viewed them as a contamination of food and water. Today, it’s grown to such an irrational fear that even the smallest spiders can send people running and screaming. Out of the 63,000 spider species around the world, only 2 percent of them are actually dangerous enough to harm humans if bit.
Usually, treatment for arachnophobia involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which may involve altering thoughts in relation to spiders and mild exposure to them to slowly reduce anxieties. Stranger treatment methods include hypnotherapy and virtual reality — psychiatrists use VR glasses and gloves to simulate a spider crawling on a patient until they’re able to overcome their fear.
However, if you’re a self-proclaimed arachnophobe, this video might help you out. Watch this spider as he sees himself in the mirror for the first time. It’s safe to say the little guy is confused, and after watching his awkward dance as he tries to figure out what’s happening, you just might have to admit he seems kind of cute.