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Joseph Wolpe's Glasses
Eyeglasses

Origin

Joseph Wolpe

Type

Glasses

Effects

Neutralizes fear

Activation

Wearing

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Phobia-286F

Aisle

680355-2016

Shelf

825468-9937-538

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OriginEdit

Joseph Wolpe was a South African psychiatrist influential figures in Behavior Therapy.

One of the most influential experiences in Wolpe’s life was when he enlisted in the South African army as a medical officer. Wolpe was entrusted to treat soldiers who were diagnosed with what was then called "war neurosis" but today is known as post traumatic stress disorder. The mainstream treatment of the time for soldiers was drug therapy. Doctors would use a type of "truth serum" to get soldiers to talk about their experiences. It was believed that by having the soldiers talk about their experiences openly it would effectively cure their neurosis. However, this was not the case.

It was this lack of successful treatment outcomes that forced Wolpe, once a dedicated follower of Freud, to question psychoanalytic therapy and search for more effective treatments options. Wolpe is most well known for his Reciprocal Inhibition techniques, the most heralded being Systematic Desensitization, which revolutionized behavioral therapy.

EffectsEdit

When worn, the glasses quickly neutralize any fear the user has at that moment. Due to this, the glasses are often used in the field for agents or to usher traumatized victims to safety.

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