Learning Experience Paper
Facing fear can be very scary, it is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. Fears can be a specific phobia, or a social phobia, such as an intense, paralyzing fear of something that perhaps should be feared, but the fear is excessive and unreasonable. People need to come in contact with there fears, and recognize that the problem wont be resolved if they don’t face the fact of their situation.
One of the problems that I faced is the fear of spiders it gives me chill bumps, it makes my skin crawl to where I sweat excessively. I can’t stand to look at it, or kill it I will leave the room and have someone else kill it for me. That is a huge problem that I face everyday and night it wont leave it’s on my mind constantly. That is operant conditioning, learning in which voluntary responses are controlled by their consequences. Probability of an action being repeated is strengthened when followed by a pleasant or satisfying consequence. When I was a little girl I use to go down south to visit my family, and one day when I was there, I had came across a big hairy spider that was in her laundry room, and I remember what happen to my cousin. My cousin was bitten by a brown recluse, that spider put a whole in her leg to where she was in the hospital for days it was very nasty looking. That night I remember when I went to sleep and woke up that next morning, it was one on my arm that spider scared me so bad to where I knock it off of me so fast, and hard to where I kill it instantly, but one thing it didn’t bite me at all. Every since then I always been scare of spider. That is a classical conditioning because it’s an emotional response to a previously neutral stimulus. Classical conditioning occurs, when a neutral stimulus becomes paired associated with an unconditioned stimulus to elicit a...
...“Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders”
MOD A June 23, 2011
Everest Institute San Antonio, TX
Arachnophobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of spiders. From the Greek word “arachne”
meaning "spider" and “phobos” meaning "fear". There are historical and cultural reasons for
arachnophobia. In the Dark Ages spiders were commonly considered to be a source of
contamination of food and water. They were believed to be the cause of the Bubonic Plague
(though in reality rat-fleas were in fact the true culprits). This misplaced fear has been passed
down since the 10th Century.
Arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias. Persons who suffer from severe
arachnophobia can experience a wide variety of symptoms. The worst among them is
uncontrollable anxiety when especially when the object or situation is actually encountered. In
severe cases the symptoms can include panic attacks, sweating, palpitations, breathing difficulty,
and trembling. Symptoms can surface just at the mere thought of any encounter with feared
object or situation. The effects can severely limit normal everyday activities and sometimes a
person with a phobia may try using drugs or alcohol in an attempt to minimize the anxiety.
Most patients are usually aware that the actuality of being harmed by an actual...
...Fear And Phobias
What is your greatest fear? Do you know the answer? A lot of people don't. We just know that we sometimes feel fear and most people don't like it. Sometimes, people like the feeling of fear. Have you ever heard the term "adrenaline junkie"? That's those people that like fear. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about fear and phobias.
The Origin and Reasons of Fear
The sensation of fear is related to 2 parts of the brain, the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala. The prefrontal cortex is the body's "hub of safety" if you will. It receives stimuli and determines whether it's potentially dangerous, and sends signals to different parts of the brain to release adrenaline, hence the term "adrenaline junkie". This release of adrenaline is called the "fight or flight response". The amygdala, part of the limbic system, controls all strong emotions. It is what stores strong points of fear, causing us to have a phobia of that situation. It automatically sends a signal to the prefrontal cortex, which causes the prefrontal cortex to invoke the fight-or-flight response. This happens when the phobic gets near, sees, or, in severe cases, thinks about the thing they are phobic towards.
Picture of the limbic system....
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and is one of the most common specific types of phobias. A phobia is defined as a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. Phobias are mainly and tend to be caused by a traumatic event or experience that happened prior in a person’s life. No one knows exactly where arachnophobia comes from but there are many different theories on how it has developed based on evolution but with some of those theories come discrepancies.
One of the most common theories was put forth by evolutionary psychologists. The view suggests that arachnophobia was a survival technique for our ancestors. Since most spiders are venomous, even though most do not pose a threat to humans, a fear of spiders could have made humans more likely to survive and reproduce. Other psychologists argue that arachnophobia is likely based on cultural beliefs about the nature of spiders since phobias of larger more dangerous animals are not common. It was once believed that spiders were the cause of the bubonic plague. “In many areas of Europe, the spider appears to have been a suitable target for the displaced anxieties caused by these constant epidemics; in other cases, its proximity to the real causes of the epidemics may have fostered...
I stood nervously in front of my eighth grade English class praying that nobody would laugh at the poem I was about to read aloud. My peers were used to reading Langston Hughes, Edgar Allen Poe, or Maya Angelou, and I did not want to disappoint them by trying something new. The assignment given to our class was for everybody to choose a poem, read it aloud, and explain why it relates to them. How was I going to explain to a class filled with 13 and 14-year-olds that a poem about the Vietnam War was significant to me? I had no relatives that I knew about who went to war and I myself surely had never been to war. The thought of it didn’t even interest me, but I was eager to let the class know how I felt about this piece because I was attached to it.
So attached—that I sometimes still ponder over what drew me to Yusef Komunyakaa’s poem “Facing It,” in the first place. I was always the student who preferred to sit back, relax, and read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, or Louis Sachar’s Holes, rather than figure out the complexities of somebody’s poem. Poetry to me was still just a flow of beautiful words that were used to lure readers, but I wanted stories. It didn’t take long for me to realize that poems were stories as well. Shortly after receiving my assignment, I was in my school’s library surfing the web for famous poems and stumbled across...
...Dictation by Fear
As the Twin Towers fell to the ground, mass chaos spread throughout the United States. Among many other overwhelming feelings, many Americans were left in question and accusations. The motives of the terrorists were unknown and many Americans’ fear overtook a sense of logic. With fear fueling the minds of many Americans, many began to take illogical and unjustified actions. A stereotype developed amongst the Muslim society, which has still shrugged them from American society to this day. 9/11 instilled a fear in Americans that strung a chord in each person that disregarded a sense of logic or morals. Arthur Miller sets a scene of mass chaos and paranoia in the 1600’s in an area much like Salem, Mass.. A fear of witchcraft, that could quite possibly overtake the holy lifestyle in the Puritan society, created a spiraling downfall. In Arthur Millers multithematic play “The Crucible”, fear directs the decisions and course of life.
The deep rooted fear Reverend Parris feels stems from the reputation he must uphold as reverend of the holy community. In desperation, Parris allows his fear to contradict himself as he defends his niece, Abigail. Although Parris knows that Abigail is lying when she says she is not involved in witchcraft, Parris defends her in hopes it will secure his reputation and position in the community. As reverend, it is not...
...How Lauren may have learned of her Fear of Flying?
How Lauren learned she had a fear in flying? Using the Classical Conditioning theory the possibilities could be endless. Classical conditioning in simple terms is the method in which one determines why and the cause of a condition as well as what has brought it about. There are many stimulus both conditioned and unconditioned that can cause fear or other problems, but the major reason for causes regarding the fear of flying has been mentioned in several articles regarding anxiety disorders.
Fear of flying is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism. When using the neutral stimulus explanation, Lauren may not have had a relevant response of interest. Lauren may have learned something or heard someone from her past that caused the continuous fear. Due to the facts in this case, there's little information to provide us regarding Lauren. First we know she's afraid to fly, but we have no further information regarding the condition that caused the fear or the circumstances to what led to this fear. The first step in Pavlov's theory is trying to discover how Lauren's fear came about, but without more information one can only speculate or guess how Lauren's condition developed. Pavlov's theory states several actions and read actions that could have caused Lauren's Condition....
As the instructor put me in that choke hold on my second to last day of swim instruction I knew I broke the one rule I tried so hard not to. “Get the hell out of my pool” he yelled. I dangled there in the middle of the pool wondering how this man could hold me in a chokehold while keeping both of us afloat. “You weak bitch, get the fuck out of my pool”. As those words echoed through the empty olympic sized pool room I was let go, left to reach the side of the deep end under my own power.
Already a month and a half in Marine Corps boot camp I was use to the abuse. This was different, I could handle all the physical punishment on the land. The countless push ups, and being forced to roll around in sand pits at 5 am before breakfast. Being in the best shape of my life at the time there was only one thing that could bring this fear over me. Up until boot camp I could count my exposure to bodies of water on one hand. Growing up in the middle of Queens, NY I rarely encountered a pool. Although my family moved to upstate New York, to a high school that did have its own pool, I wasn't forced to use it.
At the end of my senior year of high school while most of my friends were visiting and picking colleges I was preparing for boot camp. Everyday I ran countless miles and did numerous pushups getting my body ready for the three months of pain I was about to endure. Not being the biggest or strongest kid in high school most of my friends...
...1970. Choose a character from a novel or play of recognized literary merit and write an essay in which you (a) briefly describe the standards of the fictional society in which the character exists and (b) show how the character is affected by and responds to those standards. In your essay do not merely summarize the plot.
1974. Choose a work of literature written before 1900. Write an essay in which you present arguments for and against the work’s relevance for a person in 1974. Your own position should emerge in the course of your essay. You may refer to works of literature written after 1900 for the purpose of contrast or comparison.
1976. The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels, plays, and essays. Select the work of an essayist who is in opposition to his or her society; or from a work of recognized literary merit, select a fictional character who is in opposition to his or her society. In a critical essay, analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and the society. Do not summarize the plot or action of the work you choose.
1987. Some novels and plays seem to advocate changes in social or political attitudes or in traditions. Choose such a novel or play and note briefly the particular attitudes or traditions that the author apparently wishes to modify. Then analyze the techniques the author uses to influence the reader’s or audience’s...