14-44 Story 2: Fighting Fears and Phobia

 

Synopsis: Halloween is the season for fright, but people with phobias may not have been in the mood to enjoy it. Research shows an effective way to combat phobias–admit out loud what you’re afraid of. Most people are advised to pretend they’re not afraid. The lead researcher of this study explains why pretending doesn’t work and why this approach has promise.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Katharina Kircanski, post-doctoral fellow in psychology at Stanford University.

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