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Is it ‘irrational’ to be afraid of heights?

A Hypnotherapist writes…

I am currently working with a client who has a fear of heights – a.k.a. acrophobia. He is highly self-critical and says his fear is “irrational” and “stupid”. Is it? Not necessarily, according to Australian researchers who say that “…heights often evoke fear in the general population…and this suggests that acrophobia might actually represent the hypersensitive manifestation of an everyday, rational fear”. That supposition should help acrophobics “normalise” their fear – an important step on the road to managing it.

(Research citation: Coelho, C. M. and Wallis, G. (2010), Deconstructing acrophobia: physiological and psychological precursors to developing a fear of heights. Depression & Anxiety, 27: 864–870. doi: 10.1002/da.20698)