Overcoming Fear of Heights
How to Conquer Acrophobia and Live a Life Without Limits
The New Harbinger I Can Do It Series
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
160 Pages, 5.25 x 7.50 in
- Published: May 2007
$14.95Out of print
It’s hard for anyone to go about his or her day without crossing a bridge, scaling a ladder, or climbing an exterior stair case. Fear of heights can make air travel difficult or impossible; even a ride in an elevator can be a challenging and disruptive experience. Fortunately, specific phobias are among the easiest psychological problems to treat, with fear of heights being very treatable. With a safe and effective exposure-based cognitive-behavioral program to work with, most sufferers will experience relief from their fear after only a few sessions. This book distills the most effective treatments for acrophobia into an easy-to-follow, effective program for overcoming fears for good.
In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, treatment for fear of flying has become more difficult, owing to increased security and restricted access to airplanes for persons in need of exposure therapy. Overcoming Fear of Heights thus fills a tremendous gap for people who suffer from this disabling fear. Antony and Rowa have done a masterful job with this book. In a clear and gentle fashion, these authors walk the reader through the step-by-step process of conducting exposure, including a remarkably useful section on how to troubleshoot the typical problems that arise during this process. The book is peppered with case examples, which help to illustrate how to overcome your fear of heights. A job well-done!
—J. Gayle Beck, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and associate chair of the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York, Buffalo. She is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.