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Self-Control Desensitization

Description of the Strategy

Self-control desensitization (SCD) is a variation of systematic desensitization (SD) that was developed by Marvin Goldfried in 1971. It is based on a somewhat different theoretical model than SD and provides for more procedural control to clients. Classical systematic desensitization as developed by Joseph Wolpe is based on a counterconditioning model and relies on a hierarchical procedure of gradual anxiety extinction. Two aspects are important. First, fear-producing situations must be arranged on a graduated hierarchy, from those involving the least anxiety to those involving the most. Second, the anxiety-producing scenes must be paired with relaxation such that the relaxation is stronger than the anxiety. It was considered important to immediately terminate the anxiety-producing scene should anxiety occur, so ...

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