Phobia's and Addiction Relating to Classical and Operant Conditioning

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PSY/300 General Psychology
Erika Rich
“Phobia’s and Addiction’s Relating to Classical and Operant Conditioning” June 7, 2010
Corey Vigdor

Phobia’s with Classical Conditioning
A phobia can be developed in classical conditioning when you produce a fear tactic with it. Like the example with Little Albert. At the age he was he wasn’t afraid of the rabbit, dog, or any of the other things they put in front of him. When they kept hitting the pole behind him scaring him over and over he then associated that scary sound with the object in front of him. He also turned on anything that looked like that object. I don’t think that you are born with a phobia of anything. You have to have some sort of negative contact with a certain something to have it develop. Now on the other hand you do have those people that worry over everything and just hearing about something that is scary will trigger with them the feeling of a phobia. I know that I get scared of things that I hear about. Things like a robbery, or the end of the world, or car accidents. I fear what has never happened to me but I get scared that one day what if it does. When watch scary movies I start to feel that I am in the movie and that is my life. It takes me a long time to tell myself that everything is okay and that it is not my life. I try to stay away from scary movies. That example goes back from when I was a child and we watched a scary movie with my father he thought it was funny to scare us late at night. I guess he didn’t see the harm in it but to this day I still get very scared watching a scary movie. I will also tell you that when I was 27 I went to Island of Adventures Halloween Horror Night, in Orlando. I was there for 15 minutes and was so scared that I peed on myself. That is a true story. Every one of my phobias was right there in front of me. I couldn’t handle it. That is because the scary movies that I watched as a child when my dad scared us was right there...
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