Spider phobia treated by expressing fear

In a California-based trial of 88 people with spider phobia, those who were taught to put their thoughts and feelings into words, such as “It’s a huge, ugly spider and I feel scared to death” achieved better results than participants who learned more traditional cognitive therapy techniques.

While participants in this“affect labeling” group reported the same levels of fear as participants in the other groups who learned distraction, reappraisal or exposure techniques, objective