Arachnophobia Definition of Arachnophobia by Merriam Webster

This is now my third post in a row on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The fact that I am writing on this topic is utterly ironic because I had long ago refused to touch the issue in a post because I didn't want to risk it negatively impacting people's response to the wide variety of other topics I cover with regard to family law, mediation and related issues. My response to such requests was that I cover a great many topics in my writings and that someone else can take on that subject. However, by ignoring this topic, I was not being true to myself. Common themes run through most, if not all, of my writings and one of them is the concept of fundamental fairness. In fact, on more than one occasion, Forrest (Woody) Mosten has mentioned to me that he admires my inherent sense of fundamental fairness. He has also stated that he respects my willingness to 'stir the pot' in the name of enlightenment [and referred to me as] a poster child for a successful peacemaker. Considering that Woody is a pioneer in the field of family law mediation, it seems that a person can 'stir the pot' and still be an excellent mediator.

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With regard to this series of posts alone, Stacey Neil, LMFT, CPT commented, Wow. Some of those comments are unbelievable. You have really got everyone all fired up. Way to go! And another person said, You sure know how to stir the pot. My response was, Someone needed to stir it -- these discussions are LONG overdue.

As might be expected, I have received both hate mail and praise as a result of my addressing this topic. I'll leave the content of the hate mail to your imagination, other than mentioning that it was religious based. ' I'm just about to click the link to read ' The Same-Sex Marriage Debate, ' but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for such a thoughtful & insightful article. There are times when I fear we will never see equality. That there are those who still insist it's 'my choice' to be homosexual, does breed a feeling of futility. But then people like you & Jon Stewart & Brendon Ayanbadejo & so many others take this stand and I see that there are those who do just get it!

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It does make such a difference. I may not be the best at expressing it, but I'm confident in the knowledge that I speak for scores of LGBT folks, when I say, 'Thank you! ' Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features ad free! JOIN NOWThese example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'arachnophobia. ' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. In Greek mythology, Arachne was a weaver of such skill that she dared to challenge the goddess Athena at her craft.

When she won their competition by weaving a tapestry disrespectful to the gods, the enraged Athena tore it to shreds, and in despair Arachne hanged herself. Out of pity, Athena loosened the rope, which became a cobweb, and changed Arachne into a spider. Today, the spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks all belong to the class known as arachnids. Arachnophobia is the most common of the animal phobias but many people suffer from similar phobias regarding snakes (ophidiophobia), dogs (cynophobia), and mice and rats (musophobia). What made you want to look up arachnophobia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

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