Nearly 10 percent of people develop phobias, those over-the-top irrational fears of things like clowns and critters, and there’s evidence to suggest that some may be genetic. Insects, spiders, and snakes top the list of things that folks report are most frequently responsible for their irrational fears, with heights and tight spaces trailing close behind. (Or, if you’re Channing Tatum, porcelain dolls are the perpetrators of your waking nightmares.)
But why, specifically? In the instance of snakes, science suggests we’re programmed that way: “[T]he brain evolved to pay greater attention to the presence of snakes than other creatures, because snakes were among the earliest human predators and posed a daily threat,” reports the Wall Street Journal. But as a specialist at the Smithsonian points out, phobias can be combated with gradual, controlled exposure to the thing that haunts you. So consider this a little free therapy from your friends here at Bustle.
See? Not all that bad; just a rapid heart rate, increased alertness, and sweaty palms is all. Let’s keep a good thing going, shall we? Below, three more videos for your nightmare fuel. (I'll skip the spiders though because I'm not a sadist.)
"He's really angry."
Here's an animal you didn't even know to fear until just now. You're very welcome.