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Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition by O. Joseph Bienvenu, Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER15

Self-Help for Phobias

In This Chapter

  • Learning to recognize phobias and how they interfere
  • The difference between simple and complex phobias
  • The role of body and mind in maintaining phobias
  • Using systematic desensitization to cure phobias

Howard Hughes grew up during a time when mothers didn’t let their kids play in rain puddles because of fear of the polio germs they thought might lurk there. His mother was especially cautious; she constantly worried about Howard’s exposure to germs, was extremely careful about what he ate, and checked him daily for symptoms of disease.

Howard’s fear of germs grew throughout his life. As an adult, ...

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