:) I used to be horrified of spiders. I decided to start studying tarantulas to get over my fear, and someday plan to own one. I'll start with a 'sling' (baby) that shouldn't even be handled much anyway and will be small and less threatening that will grow up to be a docile adult. Through feeding it and being around it more and more I will get over my fear and replace bad memories with good ones!
Until then--I look at pictures, read about them, talk about them, learn about them, think about how to house and feed them, etc.
I've seen people afraid of snakes join reptile forums to get over their fear..lol. Most of them end up getting snakes someday!