Monday, November 18, 2013
Trauma and Classical Learning
John Doe loves riding horses. Horse riding had been a hobby of his since he was young. One day he was riding in his pastor when a coyote jumped in front of the horse. Scared, the horse began galloping at full speed and entered its fifth gate. After trying to regain control, John realized that he could not stop his horse. He then decided to abort, but his boot was stuck in the stirrup. The horse then dragged him threw multiple bushes, rocks, trees, and ended with a barb wired fence. He broke both his legs, his collarbones, and had multiple gashes throughout his body. After the event, he was scared to ride any animal. He found them unstable and believed them to be wild. He would become scared at the sight of anyone he cared about riding a horse. After ten tears, he finally got back on a horse and has not been scared to ride since. Although a freak accident, he believed that horse riding was far more dangerous than it is. John was classically conditioned to be scared of horses. It was not a rational fear since he was actually quite skilled at horse riding. The one random event caused him to associate fear with horse riding. Horses caused him fear because one time he had fear while being dragged by a horse.