All posts tagged phobia


Cybertherapy expands. For more than a decade, a handful of therapists have been using virtual environments to help people to work through phobias, like a fear of heights or of public spaces. But now advances in artificial intelligence and computer modeling are allowing them to take on a wider array of complex social challenges and to […]

Virtual Exposure Therapy

Virtual reality meets exposure therapy (Scientific American). Recently, some psychologists have successfully combined exposure therapy and virtual reality to treat fears of flying, heights and spiders, asking patients to interact with simulated environments that guarantee their safety…Now, a team of psychologists has completed the first clinical trial testing the treatment of cockroach phobia with augmented reality—a younger […]

“Mistake Phobia”

A look at kids paralyzed by a fear of making mistakes closes with this way to reframe error: There is a story about Thomas Edison, the man often credited with inventing the lightbulb. After his seven hundredth unsuccessful attempt to invent electric light, he was asked by a New York Times reporter, “How does it feel […]

Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

Book spotlight:  The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, by Edmund J. Bourne.  Still going strong after four editions. One Amazon reviewer’s weigh-in: I was amazed at how the breathing techniques and muscle relaxation exercises, done several times a day…greatly improved my anxiety issues. Who knew that most of us do not know how to breathe correctly, […]