My Extreme Animal Phobia: Will You Watch?

10/21/2011 at 05:00 PM EDT

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.

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