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Personally I respond better to spiders than kittens... I'm not afraid of
spiders, but I hate cats, vicious monsters that they are... my
grandparents used to have lots of the things and every single one
scratched me at some point. And kittens are worse than full grown cats
for scratching.

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>> instinctive and immediate way, would think "-" when
>> hearing the word "spider", and how many would think
>> "+" when hearing "kitten" ?
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> I don't have any particularly negative reaction to spiders or the word
> "spider". Spiders have some good qualities; they catch insects. Black
> widows and brown recluses have a reputation for being dangerous, but
> they're not the first thing that comes to mind if I hear the word
> "spider".
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> "Kitten" depends on whether you're thinking of cuteness (subjectively
> positive) or age (negative, compared with full-grown cats). I think the
> way the question was phrased, contrasting "kitten" with "spider", makes
> you think of cuteness rather than age.
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