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Baby Steps: Strategies to Overcome Phobias

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Bobby Feldspar is terrified of going to the doctor’s office. The whole idea of making the appointment, getting the paperwork ready, walking to the bus stop, and walking to the doctor’s building is just too much for him. Based on his reading of the DSM-V, he thinks that he might have a phobic disorder. He saw a comedy about a man who had phobias too. From the movie, he got the idea of taking baby steps towards his goal. Rather than think of the whole process, he would think of one little task at a time. Which of the terms below best represents Bobby’s strategy?​

A

Discrimination

B

Generalization

C

Fixed ratio reinforcement

D

Law of Effect

E

Successive approximation