Phobias and Fears:
Hypnotherapy May Help

by Derek Ayre

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Most people if they were honest, would admit to experiencing some sort of irrational fear or worry at some point on their life. However, many of these fears are transient, but there are some that are so deep rooted in the conditioning of the person, that they often become so intense as to ruin the quality of his/her life. For instance, waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat after a nightmare about the offending phobia. Avoiding necessary tasks like going to work, going shopping because of the fear that the phobia might arise. When it gets to this point, the sufferer will need professional help.

A phobia is a situation that the subconscious mind perceives as a threat to the well being of the person, whether or not, that person rationally considers it to be a threat. For instance, with arachnophobia (fear of spiders/arachnids), the sufferer can rationally be saying to him/herself that spiders are harmless in the conscious mind, yet when confronted with the creatures, the fear will be experienced to be so intense as to feel life-threatening. Family and friends, with all good intentions, may tell the sufferer, "pull yourself together" but this will do nothing by worsen the condition.

Anxiety could be said to be "feeling worried a lot of the time", but when there's a phobia, the symptoms start to manifest in the body as well. For instance... Irregular/racing heart beats accompanied by palpitations, which cause an increase in respiration (usually manifesting as rapid, shallow breathing). This can then develop into a sense of light-headedness, faintness, or dizziness and heavy perspiration. Then, when the sufferer has removed him/herself from the environment that is generating the unwanted condition, he/she may be left with severe muscle tension, aches and pains and/or upset digestive system.

What needs to happen in therapy is that the victim faces his/her fear, at his/her own speed. I emphasise own speed because if a victim is pushed prematurely to confront his/her phobia it will do nothing to alleviate the problem and would probably make it worse. With a hypnotherapist, hypnosis would probably be used to help motivate the sufferer to do what ever it takes to reduce the intensity of the phobia at his/her own rate. This is achieved by creating in the subconscious mind, an improved self-image of how he/she wants to be in day-to day life.

Gradually, the sufferer feels that he/she wants to make improvements (no matter how small) each and every day. As the subject makes these improvements, his/her confidence grows and it is quite common that he/she may even begin to experience a sense of euphoria at his/her progress.

Thanks for reading.
Derek

Please note: The above article is for information purposes only and not meant to be therapeutic. If you feel you have a phobia, you are advised to contact the appropriate health practitioner.

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