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Psychological explanations of phobic disorders



Psychodynamic explanations of phobic disorders
Sigmund Freud was the first to offer a psychological explanation for the origins of phobias.
He proposed that a phobia was the conscious expression of repressed conflicts.
The ego deals with conflict by protecting itself and repressing the emotions into…

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Psychological explanations of phobic disorders


Lack of empirical evidence
Based almost entirely on case studies
No direct evidence to support his ideas
Crosscultural studies (Whitling et al) do indicate that anxieties and phobias are more
common in cultures characterized by strict upbringing and punishment.
No evidence of symptom substitution
This…

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