What's the most frightening creature you can think of? Marvin Cruz, a burly, 47-year-old man with tattoos and a shaved head, can't think of anything worse than being in the same room as a puppy.
In fact, his fear of pit bulls
is so debilitating that he cries at the sight of a pit bull puppy at a dog park.
Marvin is just one of the subjects of Animal Planet's My Extreme Animal Phobia
, a series in which people who fear everything from birds to snakes to moths go through immersion-therapy treatment with psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio in order to overcome their phobias.
As part of Marvin's immersion therapy, Dr. Zasio takes him to a park to meet a small pit bull puppy. Taking heavy, deep breaths, Marvin clenches his chest and begins to weep as he contemplates petting the dog.
"You're not a coward, Marvin," Dr. Zasio says. "This is why you're confronting you're fear, because you can't keep living like this. You can't keep living in sheer terror."
Will you watch My Extreme Animal Phobia
? The show premieres tonight on Animal Planet at 10 p.m. ET.