Facing Fears of Spiders Essay

781 Words Apr 4th, 2011 4 Pages
Learning Experience Paper
Psychology 103

Facing fear can be very scary, it is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. Fears can be a specific phobia, or a social phobia, such as an intense, paralyzing fear of something that perhaps should be feared, but the fear is excessive and unreasonable. People need to come in contact with there fears, and recognize that the problem wont be resolved if they don’t face the fact of their situation. One of the problems that I faced is the fear of spiders it gives me chill bumps, it makes my skin crawl to where I sweat excessively. I can’t stand to look at it, or kill it
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Sometime I sit back and try to understand, why am I so afraid of spiders? Why can I stay in the room with one? Why the fear is so bad to where I have to leave? Spiders is not my cup of tea at all, and it is hard for me to face my fear of them I don’t have the heart to do so because I am that afraid of them. I have learned a lot about spider it gave me vital information that I need to know about them. I learned about different types of spider, and what they do and which ones can be very harmful and which ones are not harmful. Some spider cannot live in cold weather mostly the deadly ones have to be where the climate is warm all year round. They come in a million colors and patterns, and they are very strong for their size. ( www.ehow.com). People say in the world that spiders is a beautiful thing it help save our life without spider in the world then it would be a lot of insect surround us. I say no one knows how or why phobias start, but many researchers and clinicians cite “aversive conditioning”. The systematic avoidance of a feared object or situation until the fear increases to irrational proportions as a major factor. The cure, professionals believe, lies in breaking the association between stimulus and fear by subjecting patients to anxiety-producing stimuli while allowing the anxiety to dissipate. ( www.virtualgalen.com/virtualhealing/phobia.htm).

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