“Patients are patients because they are out of rapport with their own unconscious… Patients are people who have had too much programming – so much outside programming that they have lost touch with their inner selves.”– Milton Erickson, revered American psychiatrist who specialized in medical hypnosis and family therapy
I think it’s safe to say that there’s hardly anyone without any sort of fear in their life. It’s also most likely true that there is a large number of people who go through life without any phobias.
What’s the difference?
A fear is usually based on some sort of experience you have had in the past. For example, a fear of dogs may develop from being bitten by one in the past. A fear of heights may be from falling off a ladder when you were little. There is such a thing as a healthy dose of fear but when a fear becomes debilitating and disruptive in how you manage everyday living then you may want to explore how to manage this fear.
A phobia is similar to a fear except that it is usually based on a thought rather than an actual experience. A phobia is also usually defined as an extreme fear of something, such as bugs, strangers or the very common one which is spiders.
Arachnophobia is an extreme fear of spiders. Even though there is no event you have experienced to lead you to this fear (unless of course you saw that scary movie from 1990) it remains a very real fear to you.
Claustrophobia is the fear of being in a small space or room and unable to escape. Elevators crowded to capacity, windowless rooms, hotel rooms with closed doors and sealed windows, small cars and even tight-necked clothing. If you suffer from this phobia even reading this definition may trigger a fear response in you.
Many people seek out the help of mental health professionals such as psychologists to help overcome their fears or phobias. Awesome. Another choice you have to be free from your fears or phobias which may be intruding on your life and holding you back from things you may wish to be doing is by using Hypnotherapy with a trained professional Hypnotherapist or by using Self-Hypnosis.
If you are already seeing a mental health professional for the treatment of your fear or phobia you can always ask your therapist if it’s helpful for you to use hypnotherapy as an additional tool to speed up the process of overcoming the challenge you are dealing with. They will most likely agree with you and happily fill out a medical referral form for you.
So if you would like to rid yourself of something such as fear of flying, fear of water, glossophobia (fear of public speaking) or dentophobia (fear of the dentist) to name a few, give Hypnotherapy for fears and phobias a try.
Your freedom from this fear or phobia may be as easy as 3 – 2 – 1 – zero.