Biological Preparedness Theory of Phobias

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What are ancient fears?
Things that we may be afraid of because they posed a threat to our ancestors
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Why would becoming afraid after a dangerous event not be an adaptive response?
It would be too late for a delayed fear respond after an dangerous event
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What is prepotency?
Passing on of traits, such as phobias, through genetics
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What does prepotency result in?
No learning to be required
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What did Seligman suggest?
That we have an innate readiness to generaly apply things that we learn from fearful situations
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Why has evolution favoured anxious genes?
They would have increased our ancestors chances of survival
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Why would becoming afraid after a dangerous event not be an adaptive response?

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