(TELEGRAPH) — A study of arachnophobes found the worse their condition the larger they estimated the creepy crawlie’s size.

The irrational fear of spiders is believed to affect as many as half of women and girls, and up to one in six males.

And the latest findings explain why many sufferers hold out their arms shrieking “it was that big” when the reality of the situation turns out to be much less scary.

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