Medicine: Terrors of Childhood

Fear is not inherent in man's nature. It is a defect born of experi- ence, suckled by confusion. A young child can be startled by a sudden noise or loss of support, but it is not of itself ever afraid. The fears of children who see bogeymen in the dark are unnatural, can be prevented. These are deductions from experiments conducted by Dr. John B. Watson and Dr. Bess Cunningham, under the auspices of the Institute of Educational Research, with the purpose of finding a way to break down the terrors of childhood.

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