Fears & Phobias

Fears & Phobias

  • Shift phobias quickly and effectively with hypnotherapy

  • You do not need to ‘face down’ your fear, or be exposed to the phobic stimulus

 

  • You CAN achieve a life without those feelings which limit you

What are phobias?

No one is born phobic. Phobias are learnt behavioural responses to certain stimuli and so can change, as the brain is taught a new behaviour in response to the stimulus..

 

Phobias are typified by an irrational or excessive fear of a object, creature, place, thing or situation. Often people will feel that they are in mortal danger (whilst usually being aware on another level that this is irrational).

 

A serious phobia will result in an overpowering need to avoid or steer clear of anything which triggers the fear. A phobic person will therefore organise their life around avoiding the object of their fear. This can become extremely limiting or embarrassing.

How do phobias work?

One of the many jobs that your brain has is to protect you from danger. This is a built in instinct for survival of the species. Anything your brain thinks is a threat or danger will set off the fight or flight response, causing physical changes in your body, as well as a racing mind. The problem is that this ‘threat’ may not even be real, but something your brain has erroneously ‘wired’ as a danger.

 

However, once the fight or flight response has been activated, the hormone adrenaline is released into your bloodstream. This has a powerful, instant effect on your metabolism. It causes the heart rate to increase, breathing to become rapid and shallow and major muscle groups are prepared to either run or fight. Non urgent bodily processes (such as digestion) are slowed or temporarily shut down, which is why some people to feel like they want to go to the toilet or vomit.

 

After a person has experienced feeling scared in the presence of the trigger or stimulus, this response becomes a phobia if they start to believe that the object or thing causes them to feel scared. This belief that the external trigger has control over them then becomes the key factor which keeps them locked into the fear.

 

This explains why, for many phobics, the mere thought of their fear can make their brain to trigger the fight or flight response and trigger an Adrenaline release. Once a person notices these physical changes, a message is sent to the brain, telling it that they are in danger, and so more adrenaline is released. As you can see this becomes a vicious cycle, known as the anxiety loop.

Anxiety (at first because of a ‘trigger’) Fight or flight response Physiological changes adrenalin release

People with a phobia will often go to extreme lengths to avoid the situation or the perceived danger which is much greater in their mind than it is in real life. If exposed to the situation the sufferer experiences enormous distress. In some cases this can lead to a panic. This becomes built into the cycle, and the sufferer will often become afraid of having a panic attack.

 

Common fears and phobias include:

  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)
  • Fear of insects
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Fear of needles/medical treatment/doctors
  • Social phobia
  • Fear of open spaces (agoraphobia)
  • Fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)
  • Fear of being sick (emetophobia)
  • Fear of driving
  • Fear of blushing
  • Whatever your phobia, it has the same basic pattern, is a learnt response, Contact me
  • Phobias can be quickly and directly addressed using hypnotherapy

  • Often a response which has been part of your life for years can be changed quickly and permanently

  • You do not need to live with feelings which limit your life