According to the evolutionary psychology perspective, fears and phobias are innate.
That is, people can experience a fear of heights without direct (or indirect) contact with heights.
Instead, acrophobia is somehow hardwired so people have this fear before they first come into contact with heights.
What causes fear of heights?
How do I get over my fear of heights?
Here are five ways to tackle the challenge intelligently.
- Prepare yourself. If you know that you are going to be in a situation that will expose you to acrophobic symptoms, take time to prepare yourself for the encounter, such as tandem skydiving.
- Take it slow.
- Visualize success.
- Take it easy on yourself.
How common is acrophobia?
How Common is Acrophobia? Acrophobia is one of the very common phobias in the world. In fact, the fear of heights is ranked second as the most common phobia in the UK after Arachnophobia ( fear of spiders). Studies show that 14 percent of the population of the UK has acrophobia.
Are you afraid of heights?
Acrophobia is an extreme fear of heights, and it’s actually one of the most common phobias in the world. Not all people with acrophobia react the same way in all situations. For some, their phobia might not kick in unless they find themselves on top of a skyscraper or at the edge of a cliff with a steep drop-off.
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