Exercise 56

Chapter Appendix A, Page A6
Myers' Psychology for AP 2nd Edition by David G Myers
ISBN: 9781464113079

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The correct answer is A. (Arachnophobia). Systematic desensitization is a type of exposure therapy which is based on associating a pleasing, acceptable feeling, state with a stimulus which usually leads to anxiety (like spiders in this case) which is why it is used in treating phobias, like arachnophobia. By gradually increasing the exposure to spiders which is not followed by anxiety, the therapy aims to decrease or even eliminate it.

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