Fear in Children
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)
- Innate fear
- Imaginative fear
- Imitative fear
- Suggestive fear
- Subjective fear
- 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.