Exposure Therapy: All you need to know.

What is Exposure Therapy?  According to the American Psychological Association, Exposure therapy is a psychological treatment that was developed to help people confront their fears. When people are fearful of something, they tend to avoid the feared objects, activities, or situations. Although this avoidance might help reduce feelings of fear in the short term, over the long term it can make the fear become even worse. In such situations, a psychologist might recommend a program of exposure therapy in order to help break the pattern of avoidance and fear. In this form of therapy, psychologists create a safe environment in which to “expose” individuals to the things they fear and avoid. The exposure to the feared objects, activities, or situations in a safe environment helps reduce fear and decrease avoidance. In short, Exposure therapy is the idea that exposing people to their fears in controlled amounts will help people ultimately overcome their fears and decrease the chances of those people avoiding that fear. Who can it help?  Exposure therapy is usually used to help people with PTSD. However it can also be used to help those with phobias, anxiety and panic attacks and people with obsessive compulsive disorders. Types of Treatment In vivo exposure: This involves the person directly facing their fears. For example, a person who is afraid of bugs may be directly exposed to them. Imaginal exposure: This involves the person mentally pushing themselves to recreate the fear or imagine and discussing it. Virtual reality exposure: This method is the same as In vivo exposure, but is used when peoples fears are not easily obtainable or difficult to...

“Tapestry of Space” Glossary

Glossary of Words I don’t know… fetishism- an inanimate object worshiped for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit. spectacle-a visually striking performance or display: pertinent- relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite: mercurial- (of a person) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind: flâneur- one who practices flânerie, is a mercurial character, who plays roles ranging from a dandy stroller to a careful observer who studies social space, through photography voyeuristic- a person who gains sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity. situationist- the theory that human behavior is determined by surrounding circumstances rather than by personal qualities omnipotent- (of a deity) having unlimited power; able to do anything opprobrium- harsh criticism or censure: Psychogeography- the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, whether consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals; consistent with Morton’s study of space arbitrarily- based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system: vagabond- a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job. –all definitions provided by Apple’s Mac dictionary and the actual...
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