Phobias and Fears
Fears and Phobias
Q: What is a phobia?
A: A phobia is an outward expression of an internal anxiety. Something withing you but outside of your control.
Phobias are one of the five major types of anxiety disorders. It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger at all. Phobic disorders are the most common type of mental health illness – more common than even depression. People with phobias will really try to avoid what they are afraid of because if they can’t, they may experience panic and fear, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling and a strong desire to get away.
Now that we know what a phobia is, perhaps we should take a closer look at the cause. Remember every symptom (your problem) must have a cause! The universe works on the doctrine of Cause and Effect. And you my friend are no different. Just for a moment think back on your childhood, and think about one time when you felt uneasy about a situation or incident that created intense negative emotions, within you. What ever you thought about, your ‘psyche’ has the ability to repress/hide/disavow the emotions associated with that incident. Once those emotions have been bottled up, your psyche will sometimes create a phobia – to warn you not to get into that (or any similar) situation again, it also serves another purpose as we can see from these two examples.
Symptoms, as we know, are a substitute for something that is held back by repression.
The purpose of a symptom is to draw attention to the part of the psyche that has been neglected”
Treatment for Phobias
“A phobia is an outward expression of an internal conflict – something within you but outside of your control.”
Clinical Hypnotherapy (sometimes called Suggestion Therapy): has a success rate of approximately zero! So please bear that in mind when requesting help with a phobia. Why does it fail so dismally, keep reading?
Hypno-analysis: We now know that your particular phobia is caused by a trapped emotion from long ago. This trapped emotion is now being expressed by your “psyche” as a phobia to draw attention to this unconscious conflict. If we were silly enough to apply suggestion to your particular phobia, and remember here that you phobia is not what is wrong with you, it is only your presenting symptom (the reason you called me initially), it is very possible that your phobia would disappear but only on a temporary basis. In the mean time that trapped emotion will seek another path to get your attention, this time it will hit you where it hurts most, mountain climbers get vertigo; opera singers, laryngitis, mathematicians headaches and so on! Some time later your original phobia will return with a vengeance, this time you will have two phobias not one!
With this type of therapy (hypnoanalysis)
We go in search of the actual cause of the phobia. Note I said WE, not you, not me, this is a very much a journey into your past and I am just a guide, to help you get to the root cause of the problem. Now once we discover the hidden emotion, (usually from your formative years) your particular symptom will vanish so completely that you will wonder, did I ever have that problem in the first place! Also it will never return it can’t because you have released that pent up emotion, and there is absolutely no way it is going back, it can’t.
Top Ten Phobias
- Heights (Acrophobia)
- Public speaking (Glossophobia)
- Snakes (Ophidiophobia)
- Flying (Aerophobia)
- Spiders (Arachnophobia)
- Crowds/Being outside (Agoraphobia)
- Clowns (Coulrophobia)
- Enclosed spaces (Claustrophobia)
- Mice and rats (Musophobia)
- The dark (Nyctophobia)