Psychological Phobia Research Clarifies Your Fear
Psychological phobia research is of great help for you if you suffer from phobia but continue to live with it.
Indeed, a lot has been happening in psychological phobia research for the past few decades and today it has an answer ready for your entire phobia related queries.
The research offers explanation on how your phobia developed, its nature and even suggests effective treatments for remedying it.
Phobia was originally considered as a disproportionate and persistent fear of some situation or object.
Psychological researches in phobia, however, added that it is not just ‘the object or situation’ that acted as a stimulus, even related cues on many occasions triggered anxiety response.
This explains why some of you who suffer from snake-phobia go panicky at the mere sight of a coiled rope or garden hose.
Getting rid of your phobia requires a better comprehension of the phobia condition rather than avoidance.
Better understanding of the phobia will give you better command over the condition and given the guidelines laid by the psychological phobia research this should not be difficult.
Thus, you can easily categorize your phobia by placing it in the proper group – animal type, natural environment type, blood-injection-injury type and situational type. (Animal phobias and blood-injection-injury develop in early childhood and situational and natural environment phobias develop in the late teens and twenties).
When it comes to determining the way of how phobias develop, psychological study attributes it to,
- Direct conditioning or direct involvement with the cause of fear (e.g., animal phobia after being bitten by a dog)
- Vicarious acquisition or being an witness of a unpleasant incident (e.g., avoiding roadways after witnessing a gory road-accident)
- Informational transmission coming to know of a scary event through the media or by word of mouth (e.g. avoiding flying after a watching the 11/9 plane crashes)
The greatest help of psychological phobia research findings have been the development of psychological treatments such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and CGBT (Cognitive Group Behavioral Therapy) for overcoming phobias.
As part of these therapies, you are slowly and repeatedly exposed to your phobia stimulus and a time comes when the stimulus spurs no reactions.
Psychological phobia research reinstalls your self-confidence so that you lead a normal healthy life.
Treatment methods that are successful in treating phobia are
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