Curing Phobias And Fears With Hypnotherapy
A phobia is an intense fear that is irrational and persistent. The fear can be of specific situations, people, things or activities and there are over a thousand different phobias. Someone with a phobia avoids confrontation with whatever is associated with their fear and over time they will have developed complex strategies to avoid it. Phobias can be extremely restrictive to living a normal life and facing up to them is tough, no matter how often you tell yourself not to be afraid.
A hypnotherapist and hypnosis can help alter the thoughts, behaviour and reactions you have to your phobia so you can react in a different and more positive way. Once the restrictions caused by your fear have gone, you’ll have a fresh outlook and new lease of life.
Phobia Management With Hypnosis
A phobia is irrational because your conscious mind is aware how illogical it is. The probability of your fear happening is slim and your intelligence knows that, yet the panic still sets in. The symptoms of a phobia include feelings of anxiety and nervousness, increased heart rate, breathing difficulties, raised temperature and the urge to run away. What is actually happening in the body is a release of chemicals preparing you for a state of alertness so you’re ready to ‘fight or flight’.
A simple phobia is one that comes from a singular fear such as fear of flying, animals, enclosed spaces etc. The cause of the fear will typically come from an initial event that makes you sensitive and an event that activates it. Fear of flying for instance may in fact be a fear of being in an enclosed space.
Complex phobias are deep rooted and linked to unresolved problems that have strong emotional components. For example, a complex phobia may be low self-esteem attached with a fear of social situations coupled with a history of parental abuse. In these instances, the emotional problem must be resolved in order for the phobia to be overcome.
Behaviour toward your phobia can’t be controlled through logic because it is in the part of the brain that can’t be accessed with logical thought. To understand where the fear comes from, and your behaviour toward it, you must enter the subconscious part of your mind, hypnotherapy can help you do this.
Overcoming Fears And Phobias With A Hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapy will help you to discover the initial event that made you sensitive to your fear. Once this has been identified, the hypnotherapist can begin to desensitise you to that event. Using suggestion while in a hypnotic state, the hypnotherapist can help your subconscious view the phobia in a non-threatening way. Once this is achieved, you’ll see your phobia from a different perspective that will then stop triggering your negative reactions. Hypnotherapy is a way to reprogram the mind so that situations, objects or circumstances are accepted as normal and not as threat.
How quickly you can overcome your phobia will depend on its complexity and personal factors such as personality, maturity and the will to overcome it. Many phobias can be treated with three or four hypnotherapy sessions whereas complex phobias require longer. With the sheer number of phobias that people can suffer with, booking an appointment to see a trained hypnotherapist is one of the most effective solutions to beating a fear and being able to live a normal life again.
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Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist