(And yes, you may choose more than one). This is a public poll, because I want to know whom I should text pictures of spiders to. If you have a phobia, is there a specific reason behind it? Childhood trauma? Your parents having that phobia and socially passing it on? These aren't all just ingrained, genetically induced disorders. Some can be, but a lot of them are socially or experientially acquired. I know by definition phobias are irrational, but they still baffle me. It seems like every roommate I've ever had is deathly afraid of spiders, leaving me to remove or kill any such offending tiny little creatures that absolutely can't hurt people. And I just don't get it. I don't have any phobias. Probably because I don't have a soul. If I really had to push to understand phobias, I think the closest I get to a phobia is maybe galeophobia (fear of sharks). Mostly I just imagine how awful it would be to have your body ripped apart by an ancient killing machine. But it's not something that's actually kept me from going in the ocean, so I don't think it really counts. I think I'm more just fascinated by sharks. EDIT: The one I really don't get, and which I couldn't fit on the poll, is fear of birds. Seriously, what?