Fear is a natural response caused by real danger. A phobia, on the other hand, is an irrational fear of an object or situation that causes little or no danger. For example, arithmophobia (fear of numbers) may cause certain individuals anxiety, but the fear itself won’t cause any danger. Phobias are linked to our subconscious, and because they are irrational, they can often be dealt with effectively with hypnotherapy.
Phobias are extremely common and range from the less well-known i.e. asymmetriphobia (fear of asymmetrical things) to the more commonly recognized claustrophobia (fear of small spaces). There will usually be strong avoidance behavior with the phobia, and feelings of anxiety, loss of control and panic. Sufferers usually know their fear is irrational, but they cannot control it. That makes one feel as though nothing can be done but actually treatment is simple and effective.
Most Common Phobias:
- Animals (dogs, cats, birds, etc.)
- Flying (Pteromerhanophobia)
- Heights (Acrophobia)
- Needles (Trypanophobia)
- Snakes (Ophidiophobia)
- Spiders (Arachnophobia)
- Social Phobia (Agoraphobia)
- Small Spaces (Claustrophobia)
- Thunder and Lightning (Astraphobia)
Phobias often begin early in an individual’s life and may occur for a number of reasons. It seems phobias can run in families; however whether this is hereditary or simply learned behavior is unclear. For example a child may learn a phobia by observing a family member’s reaction to an object or situation. Traumatic experiences and brain chemicals are also believed to influence the development of phobias.
It does not matter how your phobia began; hypnotherapy can help. Hypnotherapy can help to identify the root cause of the phobia and enable individuals to react to the particular object or situation they once feared in a calmer manner when encountering it in the future. Phobias are displaced fears and because they are not rational, they can be dealt with.
Hypnotherapy can also help with relaxation and visualization techniques for desensitization and forming new habits such as being more calm and relaxed.