DO YOU SUFFER WITH PHOBIAS? SPIDERS, HEIGHTS, WATER OR ASSERTIVENESS


PHOBIAS


A phobia is an abnormal fear invoked by a particular situation or object. The fear is
usually out of proportion to the extent that it curbs your behaviour. You may avoid
certain situations like agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), claustrophobia (closed spaces),
social phobia (social gatherings), specific animal phobia (mice, cats, spiders, snakes etc),
and miscellaneous phobias (heights, thunder, flying etc), As long as you have human
emotion you will experience essential survival techniques, this is why phobias are
maladaptive expressions of response.

ASSERTIVENESS


Do you have a problem with asserting yourself? Do you feel people talk down to you
and manipulate you to do their will? Well help is at hand, Assertiveness Training started
as a behavioural psychology in the 1970's by Carl Rogers and Wolpe. This approach sets
out a bill of rights where the therapist teaches you how to rationalise what is acceptable
and what is not. This approach under therapy enables you to realise and appreciate what
is your process (Issues) and what is another individual's. Once the patient has gained
sufficient awareness, the patient will identify what is his or her responsibility and what
belongs to that other person. Assertive Training teaches awareness of boundaries and
preventing other people from crossing them to the detriment of you.