Title How imagination can help people overcome fear and anxiety Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet The Conversation Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 10/12/18 Description Almost everyone has something they fear – maybe it’s spiders, enclosed spaces, or heights. When we encounter these “threats,” our hearts might begin to race, or our hands may become sweaty. This is called a threat fear response, and it exists to help us avoid potential pain.
Most of us only feel scared when a threat is present. But when the threat fear response happens even when a threat isn’t present, it can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, or anxiety. These disorders may often be treated using exposure therapy, but a new study found that something as simple as using your imagination can help people overcome fear.
URL https://theconversation.com/how-imagination-can-help-people-overcome-fear-and-anxiety-108209 Persons Valerie van Mulukom