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Why Won't the Fear Just Go Away?

Published on 7/13/2016
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Avoiding Fears Keeps Them Going

The main reason why people have trouble overcoming phobias is because they rely on avoidance as a way of managing their fear. It's natural to want to avoid something that scares you - and if this really is dangerous, then avoidance is probably a very useful strategy. But avoidance isn't very useful I f your fear is out of proportion to the actual level of danger. In fact, avoidance prevents you from getting over your fear.

So, while avoidance will prevent you from feeling anxious in the short term, in the long run it reinforces the anxiety. If you always avoid the thing that scares you then it becomes very difficult for you to learn that it isn't as threatening or dangerous as you thought. It also prevents you from learning that if you face the feared object or situation your feelings of anxiety would decrease on their own - without you having to flee.
Sometimes other people's reactions also reinforce a phobia. Friends or relatives may help the phobic person to avoid facing the feared object or situation, and so prevent him or her from learning that the situation is not as scary as they think.

Not only does avoidance keep the anxiety going, it can make it even worse. When you think about it. Each time you avoid something, you are teaching yourself that there really is something to be afraid of. This can end up making you feel more anxious and you may start avoiding more situations, which can then increase the anxiety even further. It becomes a vicious circle - the more anxious you are, the more you avoid, and the more you avoid, the more anxious you get!

 

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