systematic desensitisation


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systematic desensitisation

Psychology
A type of behavioural intervention for managing phobic disorders, in which the therapist has a client focus on his or her worst fear or aversion, while encouraging him or her to relax. The repeated cycling of tension and relaxation is meant to desensitise the client to the stressful stimulus, and can also be used for anticipatory side effects (e.g., nausea associated with chemotherapy). A common format of systematic desensitisation consists of muscle relaxation coupled with visualising each of a hierarchy of anxiety-provoking stimuli, ranging from the least to most unpleasant.
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On sex effect, both males and females responded in similar manner to treatment, which could mean that sex may not really affect the outcome of systematic desensitisation therapy.
1998), Differential effectiveness of systematic desensitisation and Rational emotive therapy in the reduction of Test Anxiety.

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