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How do I overcome my fear of chairs?

When I was 15 years old there was a school play and I was in It and my role was to sin on a chair but instead of sitting on it I accidentally slipped and busted my head against it and everyone was laughing at me and now I will never sit on a chair again so what should I do to overcome my fear of it please thanks for those who answer seriously

Answer:

Hi Kevin.. A standard therapy for phobias is called systematic desensitization. It involves a series of closer and closer approximations. You'd first learn to achieve a relaxed state through visual imaging or progressive relaxation. Once you learned to relax you'd be presented, while relaxed, with a distant and relatively nonthreatening approximation of a chair. Perhaps simply saying the word chair.. or looking at a photograph of a chair. Once you can remain relaxed while seeing the image or hearing the word you'd be exposed to a closer approximation.. perhaps seeing a chair on the other side of the room. When you can maintain relaxation you might be asked to approach the chair while maintaining a relaxed state. Eventually you'd be able to approach and sit in a chair while maintaining your relaxed state. The principle is that you can't maintain two opposite states.. fear/anxiety and relaxation at the same time. You might try this yourself over a period of days/weeks but having the help of a psychologist is likely to make things work out more easily. It works. Regards.
Sep 30, 2017
sorry.. Made me laugh.. But I will answer seriously.. Ya gotta go out there and show them who's boss.. Just plop down on em and conquer em man and the fear will dissipate
Sep 30, 2017

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