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Arachnophobia was the fear of spiders or other creatures with arachnid-like features such as scorpions. Arachnophobia could manifest in many ways depending on the individual. In some cases, an individual would feel uneasy in an area that was known to harbor arachnids while other individuals may have experienced a panic attack at the thought of being anywhere near an arachnid.
Captain Christopher Pike revealed he hated spiders when the USS Discovery was held in place by the Sphere's stasis field and its hold was likened to a fly being caught in a spider's web. (DIS: "An Obol for Charon")
Chief Miles O'Brien was an example of someone who managed to overcome his arachnophobia. During a mission to Zayra IV, he was forced to perform a critical repair in a Jefferies tube infested with Talarian hook spiders. Afterwards, his fear had lessened to a point that by 2369, he owned a Lycosa tarantula named Christina. (TNG: "Realm of Fear")
Despite stating that spiders didn't bother him, Lieutenant Reginald Barclay was visibly uneasy when he was introduced to Miles O'Brien's pet tarantula in Ten Forward, despite O'Brien's reassurance that she wouldn't bite. (TNG: "Realm of Fear")
Ironically, Barclay later transformed into an arachnid-like creature in 2370 as a result of Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome. After the crew was cured, Deanna Troi stated that she may have to clear her calendar for the next few weeks to help him deal with both his arachnophobia and having a new disease named after him. (TNG: "Genesis")
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