>>2888133>this thread is so fucking full of pseuds
Anyway, OP, as someone who used to love spiders, then became phobic, then loved them again, here's my conjecture:
I loved all manner of creepy crawlies as a kid, but after an incident where a particularly large wolf spider cornered my sister I became phobic. I guess seeing adults (my sister was in her twenties and my father entered the room) screaming at this thing taught me it was worth being afraid of. Little kids are dumb, they trust the reactions of their parents and superiors. >Plus, wolf spiders are pretty ugly motherfuckers with respect to their more neotenous, jumping peers
Another factor was that I was frequently bullied as a kid for being a girl that liked creepy animals. I may have associated the negative feelings of being bullied as the "worm girl" with the animals themselves. Sort of like how, when I got bullied for like Pokemon, I stopped playing the games even though they were still perfectly entertaining.
As for the origin of human fear of spiders in general, that's out of my hands.>>2888257>muh evolutionary psychology argument
I could easily fucking say that a better hunter is one that can remain quiet and not throw a shit fit and get mauled because one of thousands of animals in the brush toppled into his hair. Unless you empirically prove it, there are just as many arguments from selection that justify or penalize arachnophobia.
There are plenty of European cultures that don't penalise maggots - ever hear of maggoty cheese?>mfw your post>spiders>european insects>carrying disease
This isn't Africa where malaria is a thing, most European insects are harmless. Furthermore, even if you do make a big list of potentially dangerous European insects, you're making the assumption that they recognise this thing as dangerous. Europeans during the Black Death couldn't put two and two together to figure out that rats and fleas because they were too busy throwing Jews down wells.