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systematic desensitization

[‚sis·tə¦mad·ik dē‚sen·sə·tə′zā·shən]
(psychology)
A behavior therapy technique that is used to modify phobic behaviors by constructing a hierarchy of anxiety-producing stimuli and gradually presenting them to the individual until they no longer produce anxiety.
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systematic desensitization

see BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION.
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Covert reinforcement and self control procedures in systematic desensitisation of gagging behaviour.
Systematic Desensitisation (SD) is a therapy that has been used with recorded successes among adolescents (Ellis, 1977; Kraft, 1992; Egbochuku, 1998).
Treatment involves something called systematic desensitisation which involves you and the therapist beginning with something simple like looking at a picture of a wasp and working over a few sessions toward you being able to be close to one without being scared.

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