Animal phobias


Why do we fear animals that pose no threat to us? Sophie and Neil face their own phobias and discuss the reason why fear of spiders is so common.

This week’s question

What’s the word that describes an irrational fear of insects? Is it…

a) entomophobia?

b) thanatophobia?

c) pogonophobia?

You’ll hear the answer at the end of the programme.


make your flesh creep
make you feel very frightened

a strong and irrational fear

not based on reason 

fight or flight response
the body’s response to stress or danger which involves the hormone adrenalin being pumped quickly round the body 

pass out
faint, lose consciousness 

a strong fear of spiders

reflexive awareness
being automatically aware of something, without thinking about it

December 1, 2016

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