Thursday, April 7, 2011
Flooding: a procedure which consists in exposing a phobic person to feared stimuli for increasingly extended periods of time with the purpose of extinguishing the reaction of fear.
Last year, at Mama's insistence, I saw a behavior therapist to deal with my fear of listening to my own heartbeat. It was horrible. The therapy, not the disorder.
I was forced to listen to my heartbeat using the "flooding" method. Stethoscope. Heart monitor. Pulse detector. Never again. I've lived 29 years without listening to my heartbeat and it hasn't been a problem.
That's one reason I switched to psychoanalysis. Freudians would never do a horrible thing like that! Thank you, Dr. Channing!