Hypnosis for Phobias
Phobia can cause many problems, it will cause people to change their life to avoid the thing they fear the most and sometimes becoming a prisoner at home and they will just put up with it until it becomes too much then they will usually try everything they can think of that is conventional (main stream) to get help with the phobia then and only then will they look for more unconventional approaches like hypnotherapy for phobias. Below, I will explain what a phobia is the symptoms of phobia, events that cause phobia and how you develop a phobia, the relevant statistics. Then I will go over the different treatments available and finally how hypnosis for phobias can help eliminate your phobia.
What Is Phobia?
A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger. A phobia is a persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal, activity or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. If you're unable to avoid the phobia, then very distressing symptoms will develop as a result. It is a type of anxiety disorder.
When you’re exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming. The experience is so nerve-wracking that you may go to great lengths to avoid it inconveniencing yourself or even changing your lifestyle.
A phobia presents the same as a panic attack, except it is anchored to a single trigger where panic attacks have no single trigger. People who have panic attacks are scared of the panic attack while people with a phobia are actually scared of the object of the fear that triggers the panic attack the phobia.
Types of Phobia
Phobia will probably fit into one of the following categories. Unless you have a rare personal phobia unique to your life experience. There are many phobias see a complete list below.
This is a fear of public humiliation or being singled out or judged by others in a social situation. The idea of large social gatherings is terrifying for someone with social anxiety. They may fear being judged, criticised, laughed at or humiliated in front of others, even in the most ordinary, everyday situations. For example, the prospect of eating in front of others at a restaurant can be daunting for some people with social phobia.
People with social phobia also worry excessively that they will do or say the wrong thing and that something terrible will happen as a result. These physical symptoms often cause further anxiety as the person fears others will notice even though these signs are usually barely noticeable to those around them. If avoidance isn't possible, they endure the situation but can become extremely anxious and distressed and may try to leave the situation as soon as they can. This can have a serious negative effect on their personal relationships, professional lives, and ability to go about their daily routine.
Examples include some of the following.
Spatial - Agoraphobia
These include Agoraphobia the fear of open space or of a particular area. Claustrophobia is the phobia of being in a confined space. This can also include the fear of heights.
Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed. You fear an actual or anticipated situation, such as using public transportation, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in line, or being in a crowd or lifts. The anxiety is caused by fear that there's no easy way to escape or get help if the anxiety intensifies. Most people who have agoraphobia develop it after having one or more panic attacks, causing them to worry about having another attack and avoid the places where it may happen again.
People with agoraphobia often have a hard time feeling safe in any public place, especially where crowds gather. You may feel that you need a companion, such as a relative or friend, to go with you to public places. The fear can be so overwhelming that you may feel unable to leave your home.
Situations that trigger the phobia
This category may include all the other phobia's not mentioned above. It involves being fearful of something or a situation!
A specific phobia is a marked and persistent fear of an object or situation. Specific phobias may also include fear of with losing control, panicking, and fainting from an encounter with the phobia. Specific phobias are defined in relation to objects or situations. The fear is so powerful that the person with phobia tries to avoid the feared object or situation.
They may also become extremely anxious, even panic-stricken, if forced to confront it. A person with phobia often becomes anxious at the thought of the feared object or situation. A person may have more than one type of specific phobia. Specific phobias are long lasting, cause intense physical and psychological reactions, and can affect your ability to function normally at work, at school or in social settings.
Examples of this include
This is a small list of phobias, for a complete list of all phobias see the list at bottom of this page.
Signs of Phobia
You may experience a range of symptoms and they will vary from one person to another. Below is a range of symptoms that you may experience that either trigger your phobia or will accompany your phobia.
Emotional Symptoms of Phobia
Physical Signs of Phobia
Spatial Phobia or Agoraphobia
Hypnotherapy for Phobias Reviews
Fear of Flying
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Farewell Fear of Driving
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The burden and constant pressure of not wanting to drive, coupled with no one being able to really understand my anxiety, was also gone.
I felt liberated and still do. My only wish is I had found hypnotherapy earlier, in 2 hours a 10-year anxiety had just vanished.
Fear of Heights
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Why Do I Have a Phobia?
There doesn’t seem to be one particular cause of phobias, but there are several factors that might play an important role. You might find it helpful to work out the specific causes for your own phobia, but you might equally find that there is no simple explanation.
Adolescents who are shy or socially inhibited are particularly at risk. In children, clingy behaviour, shyness, crying easily and excessive timidity may indicate temperaments that could put them at risk of developing social phobia.
Specific phobias, such as animal phobias, may run in the family, in part because of a genetic predisposition. Some research suggests that some people are more vulnerable to developing a phobia than others.
If you've witnessed or experienced a traumatic event (e.g. being bitten by an animal or trapped in an enclosed space), you may feel extremely fearful of situations or objects associated with the event afterwards. Someone who experiences a lot of turbulence on a plane at a young age might later develop a phobia about flying.
Learned Behaviour & Environment
Some people with social phobia attribute the development of the condition to being poorly treated, publicly embarrassed or humiliated (e.g. being bullied at school). Factors in the family environment, such as parents who are anxious, can influence the way you cope with anxiety in later life. You might develop the same specific phobia as a parent or older sibling you learned it from them.
Responses to Panic or Fear
If you have a strong reaction (or panic attack) in response to a particular situation or object, and you find this embarrassing or people around you react strongly, it can cause you to develop more intense anxiety about being in that situation again.
Can cause feelings of anxiety and depression and reduce your ability to cope in particular situations. This can make you feel more fearful or anxious about being in those situations again and, over a long period, could lead to you developing a phobia.
As a Hypnotherapist I Have a Different Take on Phobias
In my experience as a hypnotherapist in helping people through hypnotherapy for phobias with their phobia problems over the years, I have discovered how and why people get a phobia.
So lets explore how this works in more detail first I will cover the basics then I will go into more detail about the phobias. So all the things mentioned above can trigger you into having a panic attack with your phobia; However, it’s not that simple. We store our emotions in our bodies and they are anchored to our memories. So over time as you have more and more memories or experiences of being anxious, you store these emotions in your body anchored to your memories and you accumulate them.
What Are Emotions Exactly?
Emotions are made of 2 things thoughts and physical sensations in the body. Thoughts are made up of images, pictures, colour, sound, talking to yourself and other people in your head. Physical sensations are sweating, shaking, churning stomach, pounding heart, etc and the intensity of the physical sensation can vary from being mild to really intense. So the thought plus the physical sensation combined form an emotion.
So imagine emotions are not on or off they are on a scale of say 1–10 so when you’re young your anxiety level is low say a 1 and as you get older and accumulate more memories of anxiety that level goes up to say 3, 6, 7 etc till it reaches a point where you really feel anxious. The level at which this happens differs from person to person. Now this level is not on or off as I have said you could be at an anxiety level of 5 and you’re at this level 24 hours a day 7 days a week it may fluctuate around this level a bit but you’re at this level all the time even when sleeping.
So all the things mentioned above have the potential to create a feeling of anxiety that gets stored in the body anchored to your memories and if you have enough of these memories, you will get really anxious. Sometimes it may only take one event, but normally it’s usually and accumulation of events that will trigger off the anxiety. Now this applies to all emotions you experience not just anxiety.
Anchoring Thoughts and Behaviours
Think of it this way we anchor the emotions to thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. So the more emotions you anchor to a thought and behaviour, the more likely you automate that thought and behaviour. Think of emotions as glue they anchor the thoughts and behaviours in place the more emotions you have attached to something the more you either do that behaviour or try to avoid it. So when certain things happen, you already have anxiety anchored to too your phobia and a behavioural response that just goes off automatically like a robot.
Autopilot and Being a Robot
Another factor which is huge to take into consideration is 99% of what we do is automatic and subconscious we learn how to do something we practice doing it then we automate it once we automate it, it is no longer under our conscious control so we are essentially a robot; We are half asleep. So every body is half asleep and sleepwalking, and they are just a robot. And when it comes to our emotions and physical sensations in our bodies, we learn them subconsciously on autopilot and many of our behaviours as well. So when it comes to a phobia, people are not consciously learning to have one it happens subconsciously.
This is how I explain it to my clients you could be walking down the street someone jumps out from beside you scares the absolute hell out of you, and at that moment you’re looking at a white picket fence. So all that fear accidentally gets anchored to the visual sight of a white picket fence so from that moment onward every time they see a white picket fence they have a panic attack. And yes I have had clients who have a phobia of a white picket fence. This is how quick and easy it can happen and to an object that is not scary in any way but it will still induce a panic attack. This is how absurd phobias can be, but once you understand how they are created it makes more sense. In this example the person was not scared of the white picket fence they were scared by the person but that fear was redirected and anchored to something unrelated to what scared them.
2 Ways We Learn a Phobia
We can learn a phobia in one go the fear and anxiety is that intense it completely overwhelms them and from that moment onwards they have a panic attack when exposed to their phobia.
The next way we can learn to have a phobia is slowly of weeks or even years you slowly anchor more emotion to the phobia and also the physical sensations and over time they become more and more intense until one day you have a full on phobia.
A phobia is essentially a panic attack related to one trigger. While people who have panic attacks, their fear is of the panic attack itself and they can bring them on with lots of different triggers they don’t have one and they may not even know what all of those triggers are. While with the people who have a phobia, the fear shifts to the object or thing that triggers off the panic attack, and it is usually only 1 thing.
Treatments for Phobia
How Can Phobia Hypnosis Eliminate Your Phobia?
Hypnotherapy that is designed to work with emotions and eliminate emotions is very effective in eliminating phobias.
However, most hypnotherapy for phobia approaches don’t work to eliminate Phobia in this way most hypnotherapists work by introducing suggestions into your subconscious mind to change your thoughts and hence your behaviours, so it can work great with behaviour problems but not emotions. Unfortunately, most hypnotherapists are taught this behavioural suggestion type of hypnosis.
Fortunately, I am trained in how to work with emotions, more importantly how to remove them, and this is the key to eliminating phobia problems.
I have been working with clients for years helping them eliminate their phobia problems by using phobia hypnosis and other neuro-hypnotic re-patterning techniques.
This is achieved by removing or disconnecting the emotions and physical sensations from your memories; Remember, you store your emotions and physical sensations in your body anchored to your memories. So using these techniques, we can make your memories emotionless and remove the physical sensations.
So we will remove all emotions and physical sensations that trigger your phobia like anxiety, anger, sad, worthless, sweating, shaking, churning stomach, pounding heart, etc.
At the end of my hypnotherapy phobias sessions as a test I get the client to go back to all their bad memories and try to get any old emotions and physical sensations associated with them back, but they cannot get any emotion or physical sensations associated with these memories, they just feel blank or neutral. I also will get them to test a variety of contexts in their life such as work, self, relationships, future, etc. But these different contexts and memories are the same they just feel blank or neutral.
Finally, I will get them to go back to all the times they can remember having the phobia attacks and they won’t be able to get any of the old emotions, physical sensations from those memories. This means they will not automatically go into their old automatic phobia reaction from the past because we have broken the old patterns.
So when they go into all the situations in the past that would have made them have a panic attack they just won’t be able to do it anymore we have broken those anchors.
So at the end of the phobia hypnotherapy session, these clients will no longer have the phobia.
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Complete List of Phobias
Fear of darkness
Fear of heights
Fear of flying
Fear of pain
Fear of chickens
Fear of public spaces or crowds
Fear of needles or pointed objects
Fear of riding in a car
Fear of men
Fear of angina or choking
Fear of flowers
Fear of people or society
Fear of being touched
Fear of spiders
Fear of numbers
Fear of thunder and lightning
Fear of disorder or untidiness
Fear of imperfection
Fear of failure
Fear of being alone
Fear of bacteria
Fear of gravity
Fear of stairs or steep slopes
Fear of amphibians
Fear of pins and needles
Fear of books
Fear of plants
Fear of ugliness
Fear of being ridiculed
Fear of mirrors
Fear of snow
Fear of colours
Fear of clocks
Fear of confined spaces
Fear of clowns
Fear of computers
Fear of dogs
Fear of trees
Fear of dentists
Fear of houses
Fear of accidents
Fear of the home
Fear of cats
Fear of insects
Fear of teenagers
Fear of horses
Fear of marriage
Fear of knees
Fear of speaking in public
Fear of teenagers
Fear of women
Fear of the sun
Fear of blood
Fear of reptiles
Fear of water
Fear of illness
Fear of doctors
Fear of insects
Fear of rooms full of people
Fear of the color white
Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes
Fear of childbirth
Fear of cooking
Fear of large things
Fear of the colour black
Fear of small things
Fear of certian sounds
Fear of dirt and germs
Fear of death or dead things
Fear of the night
Fear of hospitals
Fear of the dark
Fear of gaining weight
Fear of the figure 8
Fear of rain
Fear of snakes
Fear of birds
Fear of paper
Fear of disease
Fear of children
Fear of love
Fear of phobias
Fear of feet
Fear of beards
Fear of the colour purple
Fear of ferns
Fear of flying
Fear of fire
Fear of Halloween
Fear of school
Fear of the moon
Fear of social evaluation
Fear of sleep
Fear of speed
Fear of technology
Fear of thunder
Fear of needles or injections
Fear of beautiful women
Fear of germs
Fear of witches and witchcraft
Fear of strangers or foreigners
Fear of animals