Essay on Arachnophobia - 1

929 Words Oct 3rd, 2012 4 Pages
Phobia is described as a strong, irrational fear and avoidance of objects or situations that are usually considered harmless (Huffman, 485). Phobic disorders can be categorized into three categories: agoraphobia, specific phobias, and social phobias. In this paper I will be talking about a specific phobia called arachnophobia and how it affects my cousin whom is suffering from this phobia. Before I can begin this paper, I must explain arachnophobia. Arachnophobia is described as the abnormal fear of spiders (Arachnophobia). One must understand that arachnophobia is not just the refusal to a pet a tarantula from the zoo guy, but rather the panic about the mere thought of spiders. People who have true arachnophobia may experience a …show more content…
Ever since then Caron has had arachnophobia. Caron described her true terror as jumping out of a plane without a parachute. Her arachnophobia has not interfered with her life tremendously. After years of self therapy, if she is warned ahead of time that a spider is in a movie she can watch it for a few seconds. The spider in the movie must be small and so insignificant that the average person would probably not notice it. In our eyes that is not a big step to overcoming her arachnophobia, but for her this is tremendous step. I believe my cousin's phobia was formed by through classical conditioning. Before her scare in the haunted house, spiders were a neutral stimulus. After her scare from the giant spider in the haunted house, it conditioned her to have a natural fear of spiders. Some people have a fear of anything with eight legs, but because she has a specific phobia, spiders are her only fear. Some symptoms of arachnophobia are excessive sweating, rapid breathing, a quickened heartbeat, nausea and dizziness. Traditional treatment of arachnophobia is called “systematic desensitization” (). During this treatment, a person learns relaxation techniques to help deal with situations. This treatment is all about taking small, continuous steps. Due to our advancement in technology, studies are being performed to create a virtual reality simulator to help treat arachnophobia. A computer-generated spider moves

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