A cure for your fears

Lungile Mashiyane has e-mailed me about her morbid fear of heights, also known as acrophobia.

Lungile Mashiyane has e-mailed me about her morbid fear of heights, also known as acrophobia.

A fear of heights is one of the most widespread of fears and, according to psychologists, one of the only two natural fears, along with a fear of loud noises.

But a morbid fear of high places, which is the definition of acrophobia, can be very bad for you.

If you found yourself in a very high place, it would be much better for you to have your wits about you.

The intense fear you feel in a safe environment, such as a skyscraper, is not an appropriate response.

The best way to cure a fear of heights phobia is through a process of gradual desensitisation, slowly exposing the sufferer to ever-greater heights, while teaching them relaxation techniques that will enable them to maintain their presence ofmind. -

phobias-help.com; phobialist.com; wikipedia.org

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