Fears & Phobias

Fear is natural. It is an emotional reaction to a perceived danger. This helps to protect us by making us react...

FEARS

Fear is natural. It is an emotional reaction to a perceived danger. This helps to protect us by making us react to a thing or situation that will take us out of harm’s way or to proceed with great caution. For example: seeing a snake, crossing a busy road, or hearing a sudden and unexpected great bang. This type of fear usually lasts a short duration until the perceived danger is recognised and has gone away.

A person may notice it was only a harmless garter snake and so the strong reaction of fear fades away. Crossing a busy intersection with a green light is fearful for some, but, once they are safely on the other side, they heave a sigh of relief and feel calm once more. Once the loud noise has subsided and the individual sees the source is nothing but a big book that has fallen off the shelf, the individual feels secure and the fear is gone.

When we experience fear, our brains react immediately activating our nervous system and our heart beats faster, our breathing is more rapid and more shallow, and our blood pressure increases significantly. This occurs so that our blood pumps into our muscles to prepare us for either running away or fighting to protect ourselves. Some of us may sweat profusely; others may feel tension in their stomach, or pounding in their head or other noticeable physical sensations. This reaction, to perceived danger, happens instantaneously without us even thinking about it. But, once the fear has gone, the strong physical reactions also fade away.

If fear makes people more cautious, then it is healthy because it keeps them safe around something that could be dangerous. There are times and circumstances however, when we feel fear and there is no danger or need for extreme caution such as speaking in front of a group of people, making a presentation, or playing an instrument at a recital. Because of our feeling of danger or threat to us, we tend to avoid those situations that cause us fear. However, if we continue to avoid them, the fear can actually become more persistent and stronger in force. These types of fear can easily be overcome by learning about the circumstance, or gradually getting used to whatever it is that is frightening us. For example, if someone is frightened with speaking in front of a group, then they could consider taking a toastmaster or public speaking course and then gradually in front of members of their group learn to speak in small intervals gradually increasing the length.

When we were children we may have had many fears simply due to our lack of knowledge about the world around us and also our sense of being small and vulnerable. We may have been afraid of thunderstorms or imaginary monsters. However, over time as we grew in understanding and with the support of loving parents, teachers, and other role models we gradually overcame our fears.

There are some fears that stay with us for too long and we may have a problem overcoming them. If that happens, then we diminish our ability to live life to its fullest; we tend to stick only to the familiar, and may feel timid and possibly regretful.  Unchallenged, or not trying to overcome them, may require some additional help to put unnecessary fears to rest. This can be done safely, comfortably, and securely with hypnosis. Nicole is a highly credited and respected hypnotherapist who will painlessly and compassionately guide you through the complete painless process. She will help get rid of the thought processes that trigger a fear reaction. Nicole will help build up your confidence so that you can face the world with a renewed spirit and interest and not be hampered with senseless fears. You will not lose the ability to feel fear, but, it will kick in at appropriate moments and in appropriate situations.

PHOBIAS

According to one definition, “A phobia is an irrational, intense fear of an object or situation that poses little or no actual danger. At first glance, a phobia may seem similar to a normal fear, but it is the degree to which a person is affected that determines whether that fear has become a phobia.”  The person suffering from a phobia has an irrational fear of a thing or a situation causing them to have an overwhelming feeling of intense danger, harm, or even death. This type of emotionally crippling fear is exemplified by a person who suffers from agoraphobia.  This individual has a heightened fear of crowds, bridges and being outside alone, that it may result in them never leaving their home and virtually becoming a hermit.  A phobia elicits very strong emotional responses and affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It prevents the individual with the phobia to fully realize their potential and can even prevent them from enjoying life as the phobic person may go to extreme lengths and measures to avoid whatever they have a phobia about.  A phobia can cause the person to experience a panic attack which manifests as particular symptoms, some of which may be as follows:

-chest pain

-choking

-dizziness or fainting

-fear of being out of control

-fear of dying

-fear of “going crazy”

-hot flashes or chills

-numbness or tingling

-nausea or other stomach distress

-racing heart

-shortness of breath

-sweating

-trembling

Sometimes a phobia can bring about such strong reactions that the individual thinks they are dying or are going to end up in the hospital. These fears are totally irrational. An example is someone who has a phobia against germs so severe that the person avoids all contact with others, will not go out to public places and washes their hands hundreds of times a day. Is there help for a person who suffers with a phobia? Most certainly there is….. hypnotherapy. Since a phobia is a learned fear (we are not born with it), we can unlearn it. This type of fear is based in the subconscious and hypnosis works with the subconscious to rid that part of the mind of negative imprints. Hypnosis, through working with the subconscious, reveals exactly what it is that you’re afraid of and how this fear came to be. Through the use of suggestions during your hypnosis treatment, Nicole can help you replace your phobia with more positive and life affirming thoughts. She can help your brain realize that there is no need for your body to react in such a fearful manner physically.  Nicole will also guide you through some relaxation techniques that you can use to stay calm and focused when you find yourself facing a situation or thing that used to be a phobia. Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool for finding peace and establishing harmony in your life and can help you reach your potential and your goal to live as stress free life as possible.