I am afraid of my own shadow. Amongst other things such as bees and heights, I don't think I fear anything too out of the ordinary. I'm positive if I were to see a snake, I would at least take a good sized step back. I don't like snakes, and would say I am afraid of them, but how often does one come in contact with a snake? It is one of the most common answers to explaining one's fears, yet I don't know when these people actually see a snake. I guess it would be different to fear them, and they probably feel it on a different scale.
During this semester, we learned about exposure therapy. Exposing the fearful individual to the object or situation that worries them. An example used was spiders. Showing a large picture of a spider, having a fake spider, and even a real spider for the sufferer to touch. I am afraid of spiders, but I honestly do not see how being unafraid of them could benefit me whatsoever. Sure, running down the street at the mere possibility of a piece of fuzz moving may be a little excessive, but I would rather do that than touch one. Ever.