Reactions to a phobia tend to be completely out of proportion to the trigger situation and generally the individual who is suffering the reaction will be well aware of this but can’t help themselves. In many cases they will start to significantly alter their lifestyle so that they can avoid coming into contact with the item or situation which triggers their fear. Not only are they avoiding the problem in this case but also avoiding situations and experiences which could give them pleasure as well. This usually will not be helpful in the long term as they will still live in a state of fear and anxiety as they know they could come across their problem unexpectedly at any time.
With a fear of flying for example an individual may do anything they can to avoid getting on a plane even if it means that they will be unable to see their family in another country. To that individual the journey seems totally impossible and so they choose to miss out on the pleasurable experience of seeing them. Alternatively if it is possible to drive to their location rather than fly they will spend hours getting to a destination which they may have been able to reach very quickly by plane.
Phobias are usually formed in early childhood as outlined below:
Inherited Phobia – Most commonly of all phobias will be passed down through a family from parents to their children. If a parent is extremely afraid of spiders and shows how out of control and fearful they feel about them to their young children then the child will also begin to fear that insect.
Classic Conditioning – If you are bitten for example by a dog when you are a child it is understandable that you may go out of your way to avoid all dogs in the future and not just the dog that injured you.
Positive Reinforcement – When you are a child it is not unusual to feign illness in order to avoid going to school. If this behaviour was “rewarded” by the parents by allowing you to continually stay at home then it may be possible for the child to develop a phobia of people or the school.
Fears and Phobias can be debilitating for the person experiencing them as they can create feels of panic, anxiety and loss of control as well as disruption of lifestyle. Hypnotherapy for phobias can help you to feel calmer about the problem by discovering what the root cause of the fear is (where possible) and then working with you to minimise the fear so it can no longer have the same impact. There are thousands of listed phobias and some of the most common include:*
- Fear of Flying
- Fear of Vomiting
- Fear of Insects
- Fear of Spiders
- Fear of Driving
- Fear of Dentists
- Fear of Heights
- Fear of Medical Procedures
- Fear of Crowds
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Disclaimer*Please note that as this is a form of therapy we are unable to guarantee results which may vary from person to person.