So what is the difference between a fear and a phobia?
Fear is a perfectly normal feeling created by your subconscious mind to alert you to a potentially dangerous situation. For example, stopping you walking out in traffic or in front of a train. Fear often provokes that ‘flight or fight’ reaction. Prehistoric man would have used this emotion to indicate danger from a wild animal for example.
In the more sophisticated western world some of us have developed irrational fears; for example of failure, rejection, public speaking or the dark etc. Usually a person can deal with the fear even though they may feel uncomfortable. In other words, they recognise they have a fear but can override it to a degree.
Phobias on the other hand present with more intense feelings which give rise to physical symptoms such as sweating, heart palpitations, quickening breathing, shortening of breath. Most people with a phobia are unable to override the feeling to complete the action/event.
An example of this is someone who has a phobia of spiders and simply cannot go into the room where there is a spider. Or someone who has a phobia of flying and just cannot imagine boarding an aircraft.
Phobia’s usually stem from a particular incident or event whether you can recall this or not.
The good news is that hypnotherapy can help with both fears and phobias. Fears and phobias are treatable through accessing the subconscious mind and rerouting the neural pathways.
There is no limit to the number of fears and phobias that can be treated with hypnotherapy so please do not be embarrassed. I will not laugh, judge or tell you, you are silly. Some clients have sat in the chair and said to me ‘I know it’s stupid but……’. Nothing is stupid or silly – we are all unique.