Fear in Children
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Fear in Children

Child Psychology


Fear In Children

Fear is defined as the physio-psychological response to a realistic threat or a danger to one's existence.

It is a primary emotion for survival against danger, which is acquired soon after birth.

Types of Fear: (I3 S2 O)

  1. Innate fear
  2. Imaginative fear
  3. Imitative fear
  4. Suggestive fear
  5. Subjective fear
  6. Objective fear

1. Innate Fear

- Fear without stimuli or previous experience

- Depends on vulnerability of individual

2. Imaginative Fear

- Becomes greater with age and mental development until reasons shows them otherwise

- Irrational in sense.

- Emotions associated with fear determines the reaction to similar event in future.

3. Imitative Fear

- If a mother/sibling is afraid of something, this may transmit to the child/sibling who observes them.

- More deep seated and difficult to eradicate.

- Observing the family member in discomfort transmits the fear to the observing child.

4. Suggestive Fear

- Acquired by observing fear in others, the child develops fear for the same object

- Anxiety of a child is associated with parental anxiety. If parent is fearful of something, child will also be fearful of that thing.

5. Subjective Fear

- Child develops a fear without actually undergoing the the same experience based on someone else's experience.

- If parents tell the children of the pain they went through one time, the child fears for the same.

6. Objective Fear

- Based on the experience the child goes through. They are responses to stimuli, like smell, touch, hear, see or taste which they found not acceptable.

- Just like children fear white uniform and the smell of chemicals in the hospital.

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