Fears and phobias can develop from a specific learned anxiety ranging from clowns to fear of flying. These can be clearly differentiated from anxiety as the intensity of the feelings are so strong but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be changed.
We can develop these feelings from traumatic events that we have experienced or from events that we can perceive or imagine in the future, our minds cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination, this is why you can still experience the same emotions just by picturing the event. When dealing with fears our emotions are so powerful that they bypass our critical and rational thinking this is why it’s so difficult to ask someone to be rational throughout an emotional experience/episode.
During hypnotherapy we can rapidly begin to change may aspects of the experience that lead up to your intense feelings, we can suspend false beliefs, doubts, fears and assumptions. We can help you identify your false cognitions (thoughts, ideas) and begin to change them so that you develop a new healthier perspective. We can suspend those powerful feelings of emotion and begin to replace that with a feeling of comfort and rid you of those old troublesome feelings.
It is not necessary to completely understand why you developed a fear or phobia but we can focus on what we can do now to overcome it.
If left untreated they can hold you back from achieving a normal lifestyle, many people enjoy going on holiday abroad but for some who have a fear of flying it can be a daunting task of unnecessary worry and build up that we can help remove so that you can really begin to just enjoy your life. If we begin to analyse what this person is doing they may be subject to a few thinking errors such as jumping to conclusions, fortune telling which means anticipating an event before it has even happened and holding that perception as true.
So what are some common symptoms?
Common fears and phobias include:
-Fear of flying
-Fear of heights
-Fear of spiders
-Fear of blood
-Fear of water
-Fear of crowded spaces
-Fear of being alone
and many more