A level Psychology - behavioural approach to treating phobiasWatch
Amaxophobia - Fear of riding in a car
the patient must first conduct a hierarchy of fear where they list the situations involving riding cars from least extreme to most extreme. In this scenario, the patient may start with seeing pictures of a car, to standing next to a car, to sitting in the drivers seat and then finally riding the car. The patient would then be gradually exposed to each situation, and once they are able to remain in a state of relaxation in the presence of the phobic situation, they are then able to progress to the next stage. this is due to the concept of reciprocal inhibition, which states you are unable to be in a state of relaxation and fear at the same time. once the patient is able to remain in a state of relaxation in their highest feared situation, in this case riding a car. the fear has been eliminated, and the phobia is gone.