Fears and Phobias
What is a Phobia?
A phobia is an intense and irrational fear towards an object, event or an animal that causes a negative psychological and physical reaction. The reactions can be activated when you think about, or are confronted with the object, event or animal in question.
The physical reactions are similar to those of a panic attack such as a racing heart, shaking and excessively sweating. Similarly, these can be accompanied by overwhelming thoughts and images which can be particularly frightening.
Due to the intense symptoms, it is not uncommon to go to great lengths to avoid coming into contact with the source of the phobia which can put some real limitations on your life.
For example; if you have a phobia of public speaking, this may prevent you from applying for promotions at work, you may avoid participating in clubs or events, and possibly even avoid family gathering for the fear of having to speak in front of others. Together this can lead to social isolation.
Top 10 Phobias in the UK reported by anxiety UK;
- Social phobia – fear of interacting with other people
- Agoraphobia – fear of open public spaces
- Emetophobia – fear of vomiting
- Erythrophobia – fear of blushing
- Driving phobia – fear of driving
- Hypochondria – fear of illness
- Aerophobia – fear of flying
- Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
- Zoophobia – fear of animals
- Claustrophobia – fear of confined spaces
Why do I have a phobia?
There are many different reasons for developing a phobia. If you have memories of a parent running away from a bee then there is a good chance that you are fearful of bees yourself. In this scenario the phobia would be a result of social learning.
However, if you have been painfully stung by a bee in the past, your body already knows a bee has caused you pain. Therefore, it’s expecting the same to happen again this is learned behaviour.
There is some evidence that there are biological reasons behind some phobias as they are thought to have been a useful fear that protected our ancient ancestors. In the past small, fast-moving insects or animals may have been dangerous. The fear response would have been activated to help keep them safe. Certainly, this is an outdated fear as not many people are seriously injured by a bee sting in today’s modern world.
How can you fix a phobia?
A common strategy is the ‘avoidance technique’ but this puts limitations on what you can, and can’t do, so it is NOT a recommended technique!! You may have employed ‘safety behaviours’ which are techniques that are put in place to minimise the risk of you being confronted by the subject of your phobia. This could be putting motion water spray in the garden to spray cats, checking the bed at night for spiders, drinking alcohol before public speaking or anything else that you can think of that may keep you safe. These techniques don’t work, and in fact they can cause the phobia to intensify over time.
An effective way of fixing a phobia is a combination of Hypnosis and Cogitative Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Through the power of hypnosis, you can access the subconscious mind, and unravel how the phobia came to being. When you understand how the intense fear manifested, any outdated beliefs can be replaced with new healthy beliefs.
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