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Fears and Phobias

Fears and phobias can successfully be overcome by hypnotherapy. Fear is a natural response sparked by coming face-to-face with real danger. For example, we are all scared of coming across a lion and our fear is caused by our most basic survival instincts.


However a phobia is an irrational fear of an object or situation that causes little or no danger. For example, hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (a fear of long words) may cause some people to experience anxiety, but the fear isn’t caused by real or present danger. Our subconscious brain is where phobias are created and, because they are irrational, they can often be dealt with effectively by way of hypnotherapy.

There are many many differnet types of fears and phobias I could write about.  Please get in touch to speak to me about yours.  Here are come common ones.

Fear of Flying

Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias, with an estimated one in 10 people experiencing flight anxiety. To those who do not suffer from anxiety this may seem like an irrational fear. But, our mind will create feelings of anxiety when it believes we are in danger. Protecting us is the primary function of our subconscious mind, so if something is seen as a threat, actions will be taken.

Fear of spiders

Not many people like spiders (I don't) . When many people see one, they have a reaction from trying to kill the spider to running from it. While arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is one of the most common phobias, not everyone who dislikes spiders is experiencing a phobia.  A person with arachnophobia will go to great lengths to ensure that she is not exposed to a spider. She may be unwilling to participate in activities that carry a heightened risk of exposure to spiders, such as going down into a basement where she once saw spider webs. The person with a phobia has a persistent and excessive fear that interferes with her functioning.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is one of those things that is essential in every walk of life. Even before you get a job you may find you need to be a good public speaker. You need to sell yourself during an interview to get a job and to do that you need to be good at it. Some people seem naturally gifted in public speaking and ooze charisma. Some people aren’t. Some people are even in the middle; they have all the charisma in the world but a fear of speaking in public stops them from doing it as well as they can. Public speaking is listed as one of the most common fears that people have and that really needs to change.

Fear of injections

If the thought of receiving an injection at your GP Surgery or hospital fills you with a desire to run a mile, or perhaps an intense sick feeling deep down in your stomach, you are not alone! In fact, some studies suggest you are amongst 20% of the population who avoid medical or dental treatment as a result.

Fear of people

Shyness and timidity are common feelings that are shared by millions of people around the world. However, a genuine fear of people manifests itself with symptoms that may include a total withdrawal from society in general. Its called anthropophobia, and this is a fear of being in the presence of other people. While mostly associated with groups, in some cases the fear can manifest itself with just one other person being in proximity. Anthropophobia may be mild in terms of its symptoms, such as lack of eye contact, blushing, or tripping over words while being with others. However, more serious forms may lead to avoiding all direct contact with people and only communicating through protected means such as through the internet. This condition is usually driven by several factors which include personality, environment, and history of the person afflicted. If left unchecked, the fear of people will continue to lead to avoidance of social interaction which affects the health and wellbeing of the person.

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