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It's what in certain circles they call a counterphobic reaction, I guess, which is you get frightened by something, and finally you decide instead of staying frightened by it, you join it.
Dr. Roderic Gorney, of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, has seen people exhibit counterphobic behavior -- like scuba diving because they're afraid of drowning.
Flooding, they called it: the most extreme and successful form of counterphobic programming.
While the boys stockpiled their counterphobic fantasy objects—that is, those items of play that children gravitate toward in order to master their anxieties about someday being full grown-ups who run the world, who win—the girls were amassing theirs, in the form of Barbies, those beautiful women with “female power” who the girls hoped one day to become.
A common out come is low self-esteem, with compensatory maladaptive patterns of appeasement and overcompliance, or swaggering bravado, anxiety, and provocative, risk-taking, counterphobic, macho, aggressive behavior.
If in addition to being a psychopath, Childs was also a counterphobic phobic, as Sid had suggested, perhaps he’d seen a shrink as a child.
And Simon Childs’s mother and grandfather couldn’t have done a better job of making a counterphobic phobic if they’d knitted one from a pattern.
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