Sunday, June 23, 2019
As a way of treating phobias, systematic desensitization is defined as "a behavioral treatment for phobias that involves pairing relaxation with a succession of stimuli that elicit increasing levels of fear" (Powell, Honey, & Symbaluk, 2013). This process includes introducing various coping techniques to the individual that they will later use when confronting the trigger of their phobia. This exposure to their phobia is triggered gradually until they feel relaxed when confronting their fear. Joseph Wolpe is the researcher who is responsible for utilizing this method of conditioning.