What are phobias?
Simple phobias, agoraphobia & social phobia, fears, anxiety
Although many phobic responses are detailed below, Georgina has found that, although the phobic feelings have been linked to a specific object, in the outcome it often emerges that it is fear itself which is the problem, not the object! The object is often just something to which the fear has become attached. Hypnotherapy helps to identify the fear and thus remove the object of the fear as a catalyst for the symptoms of fear. You will not be asked to confront your fear or the object of it – you will find that your fear just disappears, and without it, your phobic responses no longer exist.
A phobia is an excessive or unreasonable fear which has become attached to the idea of an object, place or situation. Simple phobias are fears of specific things such as insects, infections, flying. Agoraphobia is a fear of being in places where one feels “trapped” or unable to get help, such as in crowds, on a bus, or standing in a queue. A social phobia is a marked fear of social or performance situations.
Phobias are extremely common. Sometimes they start in childhood for no apparent reason; sometimes they emerge after a traumatic event; and sometimes they develop from an attempt to make sense of an unexpected and intense anxiety or panic (e.g. “I feel fearful, therefore I must be afraid of something”).
When the phobic person actually encounters, or even anticipates being in the presence of the feared object or situation, s/he experiences immediate anxiety. The physical symptoms of anxiety may include a racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating, chest or abdominal discomfort, trembling, a sinking feeling, etc. and the emotional component involves an intense fear – of losing control, embarrassing oneself, or passing out.
Commonly people try to escape, and then to avoid the feared situation wherever possible. This may be fairly easy if the feared object is rarely encountered (e.g. fear of snakes) and avoidance will not therefore restrict the person’s life very much. At other times (e.g. agoraphobia, social phobia) avoiding the feared situation limits their life severely. Escape and avoidance also make the feared object/situation more frightening.
With some phobias the person may have specific thoughts which attribute some threat to the feared situation. This is particularly true for social phobia where there is often a fear of being negatively evaluated or judged by others, and for agoraphobia when there may be a fear of collapsing and dying with no one around to help, or of having a panic attack and making a fool of oneself in front of other people.
With some phobias there may be accompanying frightening thoughts (this plane might crash; I’m trapped; I must get out). However with other phobias it is more difficult to identify any specific thoughts which could be associated with the anxiety (e.g. it is unlikely that a spider phobic is afraid of making a fool of themselves in front of the spider). With these phobias the cause seems to be explained more as a conditioned (learned) anxiety response which has become associated with the feared object.
|Frightening thoughts||Rational thoughts|
|This plane will crash||I’ve flown many times before and nothing has happened. Statistically this is the safest way to travel.|
|I’ll make a fool of myself||I’ve done this before and managed to cope – there is every reason why I can do so this time.|
|I’ll collapse and die||I have felt like this before and nothing terrible happened to me – this is just anxiety – it won’t harm me. I am OK! I’ll arrive safely!|
Is there any cure for my phobia, my anxiety?
Yes! Hypnotherapy/NLP is the answer. With Hypno-analysis, combined with Suggestion therapy, N.L.P., Life coaching etc., Georgina will help you to think rationally, peacefully and calmly about all the things that have bothered you in the past, helping you to reach that wonderful feeling of freedom and confidence, to enable you to live your life to the full. With her Liberation! Technique you can learn a whole new way of being, how to completely eliminate your old fearful way of looking at your life and yourself and become the person you always wanted to be, learning to value yourself like a priceless diamond!
Contact Georgina at her Parklands Hypnotherapy Clinic for help with all phobias and anxieties and any other emotional or psychological issues.