Are you a little Miss or Mr Muffet?

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away!
We all know that nursery rhyme - it was a subtle way we learned to how listen to and understand words and eventually to read. But there’s something much more sinister afoot. From a very early age it implanted into our subconscious that spiders are scary.

Let’s rule out the poisonous, man-eaters (we all believe they exist, don’t we?!) and focus on those little scrambly spiders that scurry around. From the corner of an eye we catch a movement, it stops. It makes a dash for us and our unprotected throats. No, no of course that isn’t their motive, but we believe it is - don’t we? Why else would we be scared of them?

Perhaps it’s their predictable unpredictability. With a whole room crammed full of perfect spider hides, why do they always head our way?

Their webs contain all the beauty and strength Mother Nature can muster, but walk into one we’re certain a gang of spiders are about to devour our very essence.

Irrational behaviour? Yes. But that doesn’t help. After all, Little Miss Muffet was a tough cookie and they still managed to scare her away!