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How does the counterphobic phenomena manifest?

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The counterphobic phenomena is a psychological defense mechanism in which the individual actively seeks the object or experience he fears. The counterphobic phenomena manifests in individual behaviors, social interactions, group practices and cultural norms.

At the individual level, the counterphobic phenomena may help explain certain developmental patterns. For example, adolescents often engage in risky behaviors such as unprotected sex, dangerous stunts, or physically violent confrontation. One plausible explanation for this risky behavior is...

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