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Cognitive Fears and Psychoanalytic Phobias

  • University Club 3435 Forest Road Lansing, MI, 48910 United States (map)

Course Description:

Today most psychologists and psychiatrists diagnose any excessive fear as a phobia. But psychoanalysts make an important distinction:  true phobias must be inconsistent with the conscious learning experiences of the individual, that is, they involve unconscious meanings. Severe fears, which are not true phobias, respond well to cognitive behavior therapies, e. g., deconditioning or exposure. But true phobias do not respond to deconditioning alone; they do respond well to psychoanalytic therapy, which makes conscious their unconscious meaning.


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CE Value (credits): 2
CE Type: Standard

Michigan Council for
Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Contact Information:
Rebecca Hatton, Psy.D

Earlier Event: February 18
ADHD & Adults