THE INDEPENDENT: Why Halloween can be like therapy for some people

Press / Media: Research

Release date: 31/10/2017

Description

How we learn to control our fears has been the subject of academic study. My colleague Sara Tai, at the University of Manchester, has looked closely at how we learn to appraise and control our anxieties. In a particularly Halloween-related study, Sara, Andrew Healey and Warren Mansell found that if they allowed people to “play” with spider imagery (rather than trying to “cure” their “arachnophobia”) their anxieties lessened.

Media contributions

TitleWhy Halloween can be like therapy for some people
Media name / outletThe Independent
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date31/10/17
DescriptionHow we learn to control our fears has been the subject of academic study. My colleague Sara Tai, at the University of Manchester, has looked closely at how we learn to appraise and control our anxieties. In a particularly Halloween-related study, Sara, Andrew Healey and Warren Mansell found that if they allowed people to “play” with spider imagery (rather than trying to “cure” their “arachnophobia”) their anxieties lessened.
URLwww.independent.co.uk/voices/halloween-therapy-mental-health-roller-coaster-spider-fear-scare-films-a8027071.html
PersonsSara Tai, Andrew Healey, Warren Mansell

Keywords

  • psychology, phobias, anxiety, arachnophobia