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· All behaviour is learned and we are born blank slates.
· Believe behaviour is all that should concern psychology ­ there is no need to analyse the
mind etc. (can use as point against psychoanalysis?)
· Behaviourist psychologist explain all behaviour (and so abnormality as well) in terms of…

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Behavioural Treatment ­ Systematic Desensitisation (SD)
An individual may learn that their feared stimulus is not scary is they could reexperience the
feared stimuli however anxiety prevents them doing this. This is overcome by introducing the
phobic stimulus gradually. SD enables patients to overcome their anxieties by learning to

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Patient eventually builds up
to feared situation and masters it using relaxation techniques.


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