Phobias and inappropriate fear affect more than one in ten of the population. Most people continuing to live with them don’t realise that they can be treated so effectively. Banishing a phobia can truly change your life.
Many who have discovered that therapy is so rapid and so effective now enjoy holidays abroad, when before they couldn’t fly; enjoy activities that previously they had to avoid.
What is a Phobia?
The definition of phobia is Any persistent fear of a specific stimulus object or situation. The word phobia itself comes from Greek verb meaning to fear or to dread. You can find out a little more about phobias here.
A phobia is more than simple fear or being afraid of something that is genuinely hazardous. Someone with a phobia is terrified of a specific stimulus. It is important, in therapy, to always start by deciding whether we are dealing with a fear or a phobia. Most of us might not enjoy fear but we can manage it in an extreme case; we can use that distinction to gauge a person’s condition as fear or phobia.
For instance, a person who has issues with spiders might immediately use a word like arachnophobia. But can they imagine themselves standing close to a spider? How about having a spider on their hand? A spider on their hand for five seconds in return for a reward of £100? Or £500?
Anyone with a spider phobia wouldn’t be able to bear to touch one for any financial reward. They probably wouldn’t even be able to read these words without feeling uneasy.
What can you do?
Therapy for inappropriate fear and for phobia has seen great developments in recent years. Neuro-linguistic programming has revolutionised treatment and with options such as the recognised Fast Phobia Technique supported by hypnotherapy success is probably closer than you think!
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