- the act or process of desensitizing.
- Physiology, Medicine/Medical. the elimination or reduction of natural or acquired reactivity or sensitivity to an external stimulus, as an allergen.
- Psychiatry. a behavior modification technique, used especially in treating phobias, in which panic or other undesirable emotional response to a given stimulus is reduced or extinguished, especially by repeated exposure to that stimulus.
Origin of desensitization
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Anxiety is offset by means of desensitization, assertiveness training, and sex therapy.
Dr. Cantwell decided to use a combination of desensitization and assertiveness training with Anne.
We have already briefly discussed them in Chapter 12 in connection with desensitization.
As the basis for desensitization, deep relaxation is used to inhibit anxiety.
Desensitization is normally used in the context of individual therapy.
- The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to a specific allergen.antianaphylaxis
- The mitigation of an individual's emotional response to a distressing stimulus by repeated exposure to or imagination of that stimulus.
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