Description of the Strategy

“When you fall off a horse, you need to get right back on.”

Everyday culture has long recognized the importance of exposing ourselves to things we fear in order to overcome those fears. Parents do this with children quite naturally; Mother nudges her reluctant toddler toward the other children in a playgroup, or Dad encourages his teen to “go for it” and try out for the diving team despite the intimidating height of the diving platform. Fears are simply part of everyday life, and being able to face them rather than avoid them is a crucial element of experiencing, learning, and living a full life. Obviously, using exposure to overcome fear isn't the best idea if the feared object ...

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