Asked by Melissa Chesnut on Feb 29, 2024



Joshua is transferred to an office located on the tenth floor of a building. The problem is that he fears heights so much that he never goes above the third floor in any building. His therapist teaches him to relax deeply while imagining himself looking out over a balcony. As therapy progresses, Joshua imagines himself on higher and higher floors. This technique is called:

A) systematic desensitization.
B) rational-emotive behavioral therapy.
C) flooding.
D) transference.

Systematic Desensitization

A therapeutic method used to reduce phobia or anxiety through gradual exposure to the feared object or situation paired with relaxation techniques.

Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy

A form of psychotherapy that identifies irrational beliefs, challenges them, and encourages adopting more rational and adaptive beliefs.


In psychotherapy, the process by which patients project feelings and attitudes from a past relationship onto their therapist.

  • Detect and expound upon the assorted techniques used in behavior therapy, like flooding, systematic desensitization, and counterconditioning.

Verified Answer

Rachel Collison

Feb 29, 2024

Final Answer :
Explanation :
The technique described is systematic desensitization, a form of exposure therapy where the individual gradually faces their fear in a relaxed state. The therapist helps the individual learn to relax through a hierarchy of feared stimuli until they can confront the actual fear-inducing stimulus without significant anxiety.