Fear of Bridges - Filippo Maria Forni Psychology 110...

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Filippo Maria Forni Professor Fanselow Psychology 110 11/29/2006 Fear of Bridges Fear is the feeling that people associate to a situation when they are worried that something bad will happen to them. There are different kinds of fears that people might be afraid of such as dogs, spiders, heights, flying or like myself bridges. In this paper I am going to analyze through Classical Conditioning the fear of bridges, a fear that I developed when I was a child during my trips to Uncle Roberto’s house. My Uncle Roberto is a very funny, easy going person who likes to make up jokes about everything. He lives in the periphery of Milan and close to his house there is a very old wooden bridge that you must cross if you want to go to downtown Milan. I remember that whenever we crossed the bridge he used to make jokes about the bridge collapsing and all of us falling into the ditch below. In this example of fear, the bridge is paired with the funny joke of the bridge breaking apart and collapsing. The joke is an Unconditioned Stimulus (US) since it
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