Introduction: Getting Rid of Fears (experimental)
Everybody has a fear, whether it is spiders, snakes, balloon (hehe), or heights, something is gonna scare the crap out of you when you see, hear, or are near it.
This instructable is based off of an article that I found in Popular Science. According to the article fears are triggered by memories, even from 70 years before. A drug is being tested to cut off the cycle that makes the fear connections between memories and current senses, see popsci for more info. But anyway, the drug would most likely work better that this experimental method but figured that through self physcology you can at least make your certain fears not so drastic.
Please note that this is just an experimental theroy, I am not a physcologist, I am just a thinker, if you screw youself up really badly, it's not my fault, and sorry for none of my own pics.
Step 1: Rules
The way that I am going to do this experiment is that I am going to go and try each theory 7 times, I will post the results in another instructable with any changes, findings, what did or didn't work, any injuries i sustained. I am very open to any other experiments, other people trying it. Post results!!
1. Honesty, participants (or me) have to be honest, if it scared the crap out them than that has to be included in research.
2. Each experment must be followed exactly, variations may not be excepted as comparison wont be possible
3. Result format must be the same, see last step.
Step 2: First Theory
The first theory that I will be trying is a simple one. Since fears are triggered by very early memories, changing, altering or trying to eliminate them might lessen fears. I will be using 2 of my fears that I can test easily. Being bitten and a fear of falling. For bitting i will be using my pet bird, who will bite your finger without thought, this is why i won't hold it without gloves. This will most likely result in pain. My fear of falling is an easy one. I just find situations before hand that make me feel like falling, and try them again after the experiment.
my first theory is simply imgaining those bad memories as something different or convincing myself that they didn't happen. This might take a while, so I will do it while i lay awake in bed, the only place where there are no distractions.
This takes alot of imagination so if it isnt physicly possible if your head as you change the memory... who gives a crap! I think do what ever it takes to overcome your fears even a little bit
Step 3: Result Format
Each result format must be in this format, just copy and past into comment for intro.
Over the course of (days):
Scale of 1-10 how well it worked( be honest):
further expermintation needed for theory?:
We have a be nice policy.
Please be positive and constructive.