Shelley is thirty-years-old and still has a fear of thunder, but cannot remember why or when her fear developed. She does say, however, that she has always been afraid of thunder. Her therapist suggests hypnosis as a way to enhance her memory to get at the cause of the fear. Shelley agrees and is hypnotized. The therapist asks Shelley to go back to a time in her life when she was not afraid of thunder, and Shelley recounts an experience she had when she was three and was terrified by a thunderstorm.
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