Phobias are something that nearly everybody has. Even the most fearless among us would probably admit that they are scared of something. But having a phobia is not the same as having an innate reaction to flee from something dangerous. The definition of a phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of something or a situation.
That is to say, phobias are things that logically we shouldn’t really be afraid of. For example, the fear of flying is known as aerophobia but it is totally illogical to be scared of flying as this act alone is never likely to cause you harm. The real fear in this instance is the fear of dying. Now that’s something to be scared of.
A Simpler Solution
Phobias really can be crippling and often stop us from living our lives in the way we would like. The fact that they are irrational means that curing them is not as difficult as you might think. Most people like to prescribe the act of facing your fear in order to cure it but, if that doesn’t sound like something you’d be willing to do, then there is an easier way. Hypnosis can help you control your phobia in relaxed and calming surroundings and without having to confront it in the flesh.
How Does It Work
Hypnotherapy for phobias works simply by helping the patient to unlearn any irrational fears that they have developed. From birth, we only have two innate fears; the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. That means that anything else has been a result of our environment and can easily be reversed.
Hypnosis is targeted at the emotional trigger behind the fear and aims at removing it. Once this is done, techniques will then be taught to the patient to enable them to remove the negative feelings towards the subject of the phobia. This is done by getting the patient to associate this subject with more positive and relaxed feelings, rather than the frenetic ones brought on by the fear.
Some Strange Phobias
Some people may be struggling to see their phobia as something that is totally irrational and that’s mainly because when you have that fear, it’s hard to see it from any other point of view. If you are still finding it hard to believe then check out some of these phobias and ask yourself how rational they seem.
Peladophobia – The fear of bald people.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – is ironically the fear of long words. Not of Hippopotamuses.
Arachibutyrophobia – is the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth. Seems rather inevitable really.
Allodoxaphobia – is the fear of other people’s opinions. I’ll tell you what I think of that.
Gnosiophobia – is the fear of knowledge. Perhaps this is one people don’t realise they have.
Levophobia –is the fear of things being to the left hand side of the body. That can’t be right.
Oenophobia – is the fear of wine. I’ll drink to that.
Papyrophobia -is the fear of paper. Better write that one down.
Verbophobia – is the fear of words. I don’t know what to say about that.
But perhaps the best one is Anatidaephobia. Amazingly this is the fear that somewhere, somehow, there is a duck watching you. DUCK!