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Hierarchy of Fears Worksheet (Graded Exposure)

Amanda Knowles
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On this page, we will provide you with a Hierarchy of Fears Worksheet (Graded Exposure). It will help you deal with your feared situations and thoughts effectively.

What is a Hierarchy of Fears Worksheet (Graded Exposure)?

Feared situation hierarchy is one technique of cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is used to treat anxiety phobias and obsessive disorders. The feared situation Hierarchy worksheet will gradually introduce you to feared stimuli, by creating a list of anxiety-producing situations. The triggers that cause you stress and provoke anxiety will be presented to you one by one in steps.  This will help you to face your fears and deal with them. In the graded exposure technique,  you will be gradually introduced to feared stimuli that you usually tend to avoid. By creating a list of anxiety-producing situations, the triggers that cause you stress and provoke anxiety will be presented to you one by one in steps.  This will help you to face your fears and deal with them.

How will the Hierarchy of Fears Worksheet (Graded Exposure) help?

This worksheet will help you to be prepared to face your most feared situation by the breakdown of the process. While designing an exposure hierarchy, the following things are considered:

  • Your Feared object or situation
  • Consequences of the exposure
  • Safety behaviors
  • Triggers and the context of the fear
  • The focus is on the sources of anxiety.

Instructions on how to use the Hierarchy of Fears Worksheet (Graded Exposure)

Keeping in mind, the points mentioned above create a list of feared objects, from less tolerable to most tolerable on a scale, and then expose yourself to the less tolerable situation to the most tolerable situation or object.

You can download this worksheet here.

Conclusion

On this page, we provided you with a Hierarchy of Fears Worksheet (Graded Exposure), which hopefully helped you deal with your feared situations and thoughts effectively.

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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.