Flooding therapy is a “behavioral treatment that involves prolonged exposure to a feared stimulus, thereby providing maximal opportunity for the conditioned fear response to be extinguished" (Powell, 2013). This therapy is very helpful because the feared stimulus will eventually not be feared anymore. For example, one of my very close friends was afraid of spiders. She wanted to get over this fear so she first viewed pictures of spiders, saw spiders outside, and then eventually was able to hold a spider. This process took a while but she was able to get over her fear.

Powell, R. A., Honey, P. L., & Symbaluk, D. G. (2013). Introduction to learning and behavior. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.