December 16, 2013
University of Phoenix
Many individuals suffer from a phobia or a natural fear of something or a current situation that they may have been in or are in currently. One of the most common phobias is having a fear of heights, also called Acrophobia. Acrophobia is often mislabeled as vertigo. Researchers have said that “those with an extreme fear of heights, that the stronger their fear is, the bigger the error could be (Callaway, 2009).
The fear of heights in different learning perspectives
Someone that is truly associated with acrophobia can go into panic mode when having to face that fear, normally right away their first thought is to grab ahold of something to help them feel more secure, but then there are others that will start shaking, sweating, holler, panic, or even break down and cry. When the individual that has this phobia starts to show all those signs that is their unconditioned responses starting to show. (Fritscher. 2011) The system that helps alert us is the unconditioned stimulus. (Ruden, 2012) At times their unconditioned stimulus will kick in to say and make them panic to the extreme levels of them crawling around on all fours or even as so much lay in a fetal position (Fritscher, 2011). Although every person handles their phobia in a different manner, most still find it difficult to trust in their own sense of balance and when this occurs, they can’t think properly because they are trying to deal with the fear of heights. (Fritscher, 2011). An example could be that someone went on vacation, they went to New York with their family. Anyone that goes to New York more than likely knows about the many skyscrapers, one being The Empire State building. That building in particular has 102 floors and has about 1, 860 steps from top to bottom and stands tall at 1, 454 feet (esbnyc.com). Now, most that have acrophobia, their unconditioned responses kick in, they start thinking the worse possible...
...Acrophobia is an irrational fear of heights or high places. Many people dislike heights, but someone with a clinical case of acrophobia can have intense emotional and physical responses at just the thought of being in a high place. Acrophobia is simply a severe fear of heights. Now being afraid of heights is a common and sometimes appropriate feeling. But the phobia part kicks in when you feel afraid in a safe environment such as inside a skyscraper. Acrophobia is treated with graded exposure therapy. (Horton, 2011) Fear of heights seems to have a simple physiological explanation, and there is a solution to it: Learn to rely more on your ears for balancing.
Fear of heights
In this essay I try to analyze my fear of height through self-inspection and document my experiments in trying to overcome this irrational feeling also known as acrophobia.
First of all, make sure to take this text for what it is, namely the naive, non-expert, non-scientific ramblings of someone with no medical training whatsoever, so please don't hold me responsible if you get some false or harmful information here. You might or might not have a similar condition like me, I have no idea, and even if I had, I wouldn't be qualified to give any advice.
So what is fear of heights (acrophobia)? It seems to...
...Dictation by Fear
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The following year, we come back for the races. We get there a day early, to set up the camper and be there for the early Friday qualifying. After finishing what we needed, we decide to head to the falls while there is still sunlight.
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In hearing CATHY’S words he is reminded of what Hindley has done to him and in some ways he deserves that revenge that he receives.
 HC returns wealthily after 3yrs and wants to for fill his revenge.
HC’s revenge is of a violent and extreme manor
‘I wont degrade myself by marrying hc’
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By Jackson Downey
Sitting on the ledge of the roof of their apartment, a couple admired the cityscape and high rises in the distance. The man, looking down, had a sudden urge to jump, and not only that but to push his love down to the pavement twelve stories bellow. Quickly, he shook off this odd crazing for a final skydive, but he wondered if she thought the same thing. Why had he thought of it in the first place? Not being a man to fearheights but certainly to fear the fall of himself or his beloved, it came as a sort of shock. Gravity, it seemed, was working harder than ever, as if it had someone to impress. It pulled on him like it never had before, calling him to come back down to its level. Again he looked down, he saw the bug-like cars scurrying around the city and the specs of people making their ways home, all moving toward different places, missing the beauty of it all. Only available to the couple, the birds-eye view revealed this beauty.
The view was terrific. But to one who is unaccustomed to being among the clouds, it can be terrifying. Sites from such a great distance above the earth bring forth a feeling of fear and awe. As one of the majority of people who dislike heights, this emotion is common when I find myself any more than three feet off the floor. Falling is what really horrifies me. There are many lookout points on the thousands of mountains along...
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