˝Fear is a phenomenon which plays a large part in our lives, even though we often will not recognize or admit its existence. This short and highly readable book analyses the most recent psychological research concerning the range, origins and nature of human fears.
In the early chapters Dr Rachman examines the different methods used to diagnose fear - self-assessment, observation of physiological change, and avoidance behaviour, He looks at the vital question of whether fears are innate or acquired, and at some of the more acute and chronic fears classified as neurotic or abnormal such as agoraphobia, animal phobias and sexual phobias. He then turns to the therapeutic methods used to reduce fear, looking in particular at such techniques as desensitization, flooding and modelling. A critical chapter on the shortcomings of the psychoanalytic method of fear reduction leads to some concluding thoughts on the positive value of fear certain social contexts.˝
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