What if the phobia is irrational?
We have an inbuilt mechanism that has been developed through evolution that helps us make these LINKS . This is called preparedness. There are prepared stimuli and non prepared stimuli
How can nature explain Phobias?
We all have things that make our hair stand on and get our hearts pounding with fear
We have our evolutionary ancestors to thank for that
Being afraid of dangerous things was advantageous to our evolutionary ancestors
E.g. spiders, snakes and fire
Therefore, fear was adaptive, e.g. ensures survival
Theory of Preparedness
In class, as a group we did a slide on Trypophobia.
Nature and Nurture Debate