Most of us have a phobic response to one thing or another and sometimes these can have a detrimental effect on our lives.
Overcome Your Fears
If spiders make you scream, needles make you nauseous, dentists fill you with dread or flying makes you faint, you’re not alone. These fears are commonplace. Most of us have a phobic response to one thing or another and sometimes these can have a detrimental effect on our lives.
Irrational and outside of our conscious control, when a phobia is triggered our imagination runs riot creating an extreme emotional reaction. Hypnotherapy uses your brilliant, creative mind to replace the fear with alternative ways of thinking, feeling and responding, restoring calmness and control.
A recent ‘Clinical Review’ of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the BMJ looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded: ‘There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety‘, the same report also concluded that hypnosis was proven to be effective in treating panic attacks and phobia.
(Vickers and Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349)
Phobia causes are many and varied, from the debilitating anxiety of agoraphobia, fear of crowds or being trapped, to the slightly strange, like buttons, balloons or clowns. There is even a phobia of phobias. It seems there is no limit to the variety of often benign and completely harmless things we can frighten ourselves with. It’s lucky that hypnosis offers such an easy way of talking yourself down from the proverbial ledge.
Types of Terrors:
- Aerophobia: fear of flying
- Acrophobia: fear of heights
- Agoraphobia: fear of crowds and being trapped
- Arachnophobia: fear of spiders
- Claustrophobia: fear of enclosed spaces
- Emetophobia: fear of being sick
- Entomophobia: fear of insects
- Hydrophobia: fear of water
- Ophidiophobia: fear of snakes
- Pyrophobia: fear of fire
- Speksophobia: fear of wasps
- Xenophobia: fear of strangers
There are hundreds more. Did you know that there is even a fear of phobias? Yes, you’ve guessed it, phobophobia!
It is these hidden away or repressed memories and emotions that can and often will, sooner or later, create a phobia. So the phobia continues to serve as a warning of the approach of potentially similar incidents. With hypnotherapy, you can find and release the emotions which originally caused or created the phobia. And with the release of those old, bottled-up emotions, the phobia itself can just disappear.