Phobias and fears
A phobia is best described as an internal anxiety that is triggered by an external situation. It can be a direct link to the phobia or something symbolic. Growing up we go through many different experiences and emotions, these may be locked away in the subconscious of our mind. At a later date they can cause us to react to outside objects or situations with a feeling of anxiety.
This can manifest itself in the form of a panic attack, or perhaps a feeling of being out of control, and yet it may seem to make no sense to the person having the fear of the situation. An example of this could be a child who was trapped in a cupboard. The emotions created were so strong that the whole event was repressed and blocked out by the subconscious mind, and so a phobic reaction is created. Claustrophobia is the fear of being in confined spaces. Another example could be the phobia or fear of flying.
Some other common phobias include:
- Arachnophobia (spiders)
- Hydrophobia (water)
- Didaskaleinophobia (fear of going to school)
- Emetophobia (fear of being sick)
- Trypanophobia (Injections)
- Acrophobia (heights)
- Haemophobia, Haemaphobia or Haematophobia (fear of bood)
- Aerophobia (fear of flying)
- Agoraphobia (open spaces)
- Glossophobia (public speaking)
- Odontophobia (fear of dentists)
- Paruresis, toilet phobia, shy bladder (fear of having to urinate in front of others)
- Arsonphobia or Pyrophobia (fear of fire)……….plus many, many more.
Some phobias are so acute that it will keep the person from seeking help from a doctor or the dentist. Agoraphobia could well be the reason why you cannot venture out of the house to seek medical help from your doctor. Odontophobia (fear of the dentist) may well stop you visiting the dentist for treatment you may well urgently require for your teeth! There are thousands of other phobic reactions, like fear of the dentist, needles, blood, heights, birds, darkness, hospitals, snakes, stairs, and even people; the above are just a brief example.
What is the difference between a fear and a phobia?
The main difference between the two is the severity of the emotional reaction. To give an example, a strong dislike of spiders is a fear that the person may feel very uncomfortable around spiders, and not want to go near one. A phobia though, is an irrational, uncontrollable, intense fear that can produce a physical reaction.
I went to see Rob because I had a fear of flying and to be honest I was not sure that hypnotherapy could solve my problem. The panic and fear I felt every time I thought about holidays abroad or flying made me physically sick. I would not enjoy the thought of going away or get excited as I was alway… Read more
Hi Rob, I did it! Three injections, no fainting, no crying and no panicking……. With the techniques you ran through with me, I was able to remain calm and relaxed and take full control of my thoughts and breathing resulting in successful vaccinations. Thank you so much for your help and techniques…… Read more
When experiencing a social anxiety (social phobia) it can hold you back not only in your personal life but also in business and your career. Business and social functions can become a real nightmare.
Social Anxiety can include:
- Intense feelings of fear
- Fear of rejection
- Worrying about what other people think about you
- Feeling of being inferior
Symptoms could include:
- A lack of confidence
- Mumbling or stuttering speech patterns
- Heart pounding
- Sweating Feeling dizzy
These symptoms can be increased when you are under pressure to achieve a goal, especially in front of other people.
- Giving a presentation
- Taking an important phone call
- Conversing with somebody important
- Attending a job interview
- Being ‘put on the spot’
It can also occur in a social environment; the thought of going to a friends wedding, or a birthday party, ie the fear of meeting people.
Dealing with phobias, fear and anxiety.
Although some anxieties and fear can be dealt with using suggestion therapy, the best way to deal with more deep-rooted anxieties and phobias is to use analytical hypnotherapy (hypno-analysis). Hypno-analysis works on the principle of cause and effect, so it allows the bottled up emotion to be released so the effect (the phobia) disappears.
Another successful way to deal people’s problems is to use the changing limiting beliefs (CLB).
This is more of a training course of understanding yourself better so that you can change those old unwanted thoughts, habits and negative feelings, into becoming much more positive, focused in control and empowered. Link to Changing limiting beliefs course
Don’t let phobias, fear or anxiety ruin your life, regain control!
If you require any more information, or have any other questions regarding phobias and fears, please contact Rob on 01202 245020 or 07920 885015.
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Other fears and phobias
Achluophobia: Fear of the dark.
Agraphobia: Sexual abuse.
Aphenphosmphobia: Being touched.
Brontophobia: Thunder and lightning.
Button phobia: Buttons.
Caligynephobia: Beautiful women.
Chiraptophobia: Being touched.
Cibophobia: Fear of food.
Contreltophobia: Sexual abuse.
Didaskaleinophobia: Going to school.
Gerascophobia: Growing old.
Glossophobia: Speaking in public.
Graphophobia: Writing or handwriting.
Haphephobia: Being touched.
Herpetophobia: Reptiles or insects.
Heterophobia: Opposite sex.
Hodophobia: Road travel.
Hydrophobia: Water or of rabies.
Kakorrhaphiophobia: Failure or defeat.
Keraunophobia: Thunder and lightning.
Ligyrophobia: Loud noises.
Monophobia: Solitude or being alone.
Necrophobia: Death or dead things.
Neophobia: Anything new.
Noctiphobia: Night time.
Odontophobia: Dental surgery.
Ophthalmophobia: Stared at.
Phallophobia: Fear of a penis.
Philophobia: Falling in love.
Pocrescophobia: Putting on weight.
Scolionophobia: Going to school.
Sexophobia: The opposite sex.
Thalassophobia: The sea.
Tomophobia: Surgical operations.