Treatment of Phobias

Phobia: An uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity.

Simple or specific phobias have been quite effectively treated with Behavior therapy.
The behaviorists involved in classical conditioning techniques believe that the response of phobic fear is a reflex acquired to non-dangerous stimuli.
If the person were to be exposed to the non-dangerous stimulus time after time without any harm being experienced, the phobic response would gradually extinguish itself. This is not likely to occur naturally, so behavior therapy sets up phobic treatment involving exposure to the phobic stimulus in a safe and controlled setting. Foa and Kozak (1986) call this exposure treatment, so called because the patient is exposed to the phobic stimulus as part of the therapeutic process.

I wish i could explain this in my context!
:) But I am not sure if this is working on me.... is it? not exactly sure...


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