Psychodynamic Explanation for Phobia

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Phobia occurs with id impulses are repressed and anxiety is displaced  another object or situation.

Little Hans-Freud (1909)
Phobias develop due to unresolved childhood conflict.

One way the ego deals with a childhood conflict is by displacing the fear onto another object.

Hans= Father displace onto horses.

Other theorists have argued that fear of spiders hides unconscious conflicts…


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