Phobias - What They Are And How You Can Get Rid Of Them Using Hypnosis

Jun 17 09:20 2007 Alan B. Densky Print This Article

A phobia is defined as an illogical fear that causes uncomfortable feelings of panic. People experience phobic attacks that are triggered by normal everyday activities and environments, and these panicky feelings greatly decrease their quality of life. Find out how anyone can go about eliminating the terrified feelings that are triggered by these irrational fears so it's possible to lead a more fulfilling life.

DEFINITION AND SYMPTOMS OF PHOBIAS:

A phobia is defined as a fear not based in reality. When a person has a phobic attack,Guest Posting they get terrified feelings; their respiration and heart rates increase; they may experience feeling choked up like their heart is in their throat; their palms often get sweaty; they may experience a ringing in their ears; and they may find that they are unable to participate in an activity. These feelings push the individual to avoid the situations and environments that trigger them.

EXAMPLES OF COMMON PHOBIAS:

For example, if someone has an irrational fear of driving, they would exhibit these symptoms at the time they endeavor to drive, or probably even when they just think about driving. Or a panic attack might ensue just while driving in certain places like across railroad tracks.

The irrational fear of talking in front of a group of people also known as stage freight is a very widespread phobia. The phobic feelings appear when the individual begins to talk in front of a person that they are frightened by, or they might experience fearful feelings only in front of an assembly of other people. The number of people in the crowd will differ. This fear can be triggered by fears of inadequacy, or a lack of self-confidence.

Those who suffer from social phobias can get horrifically nervous just being around other people, even people that they recognize. It is a fear that they will be criticized or evaluated by others. This fear can be set off by any variety of social dealings. A person could be standing on line at a supermarket and get stressful feelings as they think about having to talk to the cashier as they checkout.

The fear of taking a test (which is frequently known as test anxiety) is quite a frequent phobia. Phobias to taking tests are rooted in comparing yourself to other people, and is deeply rooted in a fear of failing.

People have developed phobias to every kind of situation under the sun. For instance: High places; animals; small enclosed places; relationships; flying; bugs; snakes; and even the great outdoors.

Agoraphobia is generally defined as a fear of open spaces. However, this definition is extremely deceptive because Agoraphobics are really afraid of having a panic attack, wherever and whenever. This phobia is developed when a person begins to avoid places or situations they have associated with anxiety. For example, they could have a panic attack at home, church, or in a grocery store.

For many, once their panic attacks have begun, they begin to expect them to come about. And this anticipation in reality triggers them with increasing frequency. Other people experience fearful feelings on a continuous basis. These feelings cause an overall discomfort, rather than panic.

OBTAINABLE FORMS OF TREATMENT

DRUGS:

Some physicians care for patients using sedatives, which can make the phobia worse over prolonged usage. Sedatives do not work on the underlying cause of a phobia; they only camouflage some of the symptoms.

TALK THERAPY:

Some schools of therapy advocate "Talk Therapy." Talk therapy is simply talking about what is bothering you. Unfortunately, talking about or even thinking about the situation or environment that triggers a panic attack can trigger a panic attack!

HYPNOTHERAPY CDS:

Traditional self hypnosis has been used to treat phobias, but with very little success. Traditional hypnotic therapy is accomplished when the hypnotist places the patient in a relaxed state of self-hypnosis and gives the patient post-hypnotic suggestions or commands. Since most people in this generation question and resist direct post-hypnotic suggestions, they also reject the belief that they will be more relaxed and at ease when they encounter the situation or environment that sets off their panic attacks.

SYSTEMATIC DESENSITIZATION:

Systematic Desensitization is the practice of incrementally desensitizing a phobic person to the situation or environment that triggers a phobic attack. For example, if a person wants to dive from a high board but fears it, she is asked to first dive from a height that she feels confident about. She dives in and realizes that nothing bad happened and that she is secure.

The next thing she is asked is to dive from the bottom step of the ladder going up to the high board. Again, she dives in and realizes that nothing bad happened and that she is again safe and sound.

Over a period of time the person is asked to dive in from progressively higher steps on the ladder. Each time she dives in and realizes that nothing bad happened and that she is safe and secure, she is able to move up to the next rung of the ladder. If she experiences the sensation of fear, then she's asked to step back down one rung on the ladder and dive from there until she feels complete comfort and security. Sooner or later she makes it to the top of the ladder and dives in from the high board.

SYSTEMATIC DESENSITIZATION WHILE IN THE STATE OF HYPNOSIS:

Systematic Desensitization can be done literally while in a hypnotic state with as good as or better results. While in a relaxed hypnotized state, the woman would be asked to visualize herself diving in from each step on the ladder. She would be asked to visualize herself feeling confident and relaxed as she dives in. Since she is actually disassociated while picturing herself, she is unable to cause a panic attack.

Next she's asked to associate, or imagine the camera inside of her head so she would be seeing what she would see through her own eyes if she was actually diving in from each rung of the ladder. She is asked to imagine feeling safe and relaxed as she dives in.

Just as in a live (in vivo) systematic desensitization, if she feels any terror she's told to go back to the previous lower rung on the ladder and imagine diving in from that step.

The phobic might be trained to generate a kinesthetic (feeling or touch) "anchor" of feelings of security and safety. She could then activate that anchor while imagining that she's diving, and the feelings of security and safety could be subjectively transferred to the act of diving.

Systematic Desensitization while in self-hypnosis can be especially useful and successful, but is can also be slow and take several hypnotic sessions to bring about a cure.

NLP V/K DISASSOCIATION:

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is basically the study and practice of how we create our reality. The V/K stands for visual / kinesthetic. The V/K Disassociation is a technique that enables a trained NLP Practitioner to guide a subject through specific visual imagery that quickly and in many cases instantly disconnects or disassociates the feelings of alarm from the irrational fear that causes them. The V/K Disassociation is known as the "One session phobia cure" in Neuro-Linguistic Programming circles, and with good reason.

CONCLUSION:

Irrational fears are common in our culture. They are fears that aren't founded in reality. There are many techniques for treating phobias, but so far in my opinion, the best finest are Systematic Desensitization while in the state of self hypnosis, and the Neuro-Linguistic Programming V/K Disassociation technique.

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Alan B. Densky
Alan B. Densky

Alan B. Densky, CH is a trained hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner who's been in professional practice since 1978. He can be reached through his Neuro-VISION Self Hypnosis website which offers hypnosis CDs for phobias. Visit his hypnosis article library, or download a free MP3.

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