In this post I explore the differences and similarities between what has been labelled as specific and complex phobias.
What is a Specific Phobia?
A specific phobia is when the sufferer has an exaggerated and debilitating amount of fear over a particular ‘thing’. Common examples are: Spiders, dogs, clowns, cows, small spaces, needles.
And why do people have specific phobias?
Because at some point in their life the person had a significant emotional reaction in response to that ‘thing’, this may even have resulted in trauma. It could have been something that happened to them, or it may have been something they heard about, it may even have come from watching the reactions on somebody else's face. The development could be instantaneous or slow-growing. The person may have a memory when they developed their phobia, or the origin of their fear may be a mystery to them.
So what is a complex Phobia?
Complex phobias have a secondary level to them because the fear isn't necessarily...