Fear And Fear Of Fear

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Fear is one of the many emotions we develop early in life. As children grow older, their level of fear does too. In previous work by Muris and colleagues, (Muris et al., 1997; Muris & Merckelback, Gadet, & Moulaert, 2000; as cited by Sayfan and Lagatutta, 2008) researchers examined the fear children expressed in real and imaginary situations. At around three years of age, most children fear bodily pain, natural disasters, the dark, and animals. During the preschool years, children tend to fear imaginary and supernatural creatures. As a child grows older, their supernatural and imaginary fears start to break down. Given this information, Sayfan and Lagatutta (2008) wanted to observe the developmental changes in children’s knowledge about where people’s fears arrive from and how people of different ages show differences in fear intensity levels, when placed in the same situation. Their work questions whether children are aware that fear is not only derived from objective situations, but they can also be shaped by a person’s knowledge, their characteristics, and their preferences. The study contained 64 individuals, 4 groups in total. There were 16 three year olds, 16 five year olds, 16 seven year olds, and 16 young adults. In each group, there was an even distribution of 8 males and 8 females. There were four pairs of stories with two protagonists; either a preschool boy or girl (child) and either an androgynous grown up or androgynous baby. Each story had a real or

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