What’s the Point of Phobias?
Unless you think irrational fear is a good thing, there is no point.
Is it time to re-pattern your thinking and clear some extreme thought-knots?
A phobia is an overwhelming fear and develops when a person has an unrealistic or exaggerated sense of danger about a situation or object.
I experienced my first phobia in my early 30’s. Seemingly out of nowhere, I became extremely frightened of driving or walking over bridges. So much so that my ‘bridge fear’ stopped me from visiting a dear friend the night before her wedding. And I was her maid of honour! I didn’t have the nerve to tell her because I thought I would sound crazy. I felt awful but just the thought of going over that bridge caused me to panic.
I think the worry and anxiety that phobias cause is a huge waste of our precious time. Sometimes even thinking about the source of a phobia can make a person feel panicky. Typical symptoms are an increased heart rate, butterflies in the stomach, trembling, shortness of breath and sweaty palms.
Broadly speaking there are two types of phobias, simple and complex. I work with simple phobias.
Simple phobias center around a particular animal, situation, activity or object. Common examples are:
· Animal phobias – such as birds, insects, snakes or rodents
· Environmental phobias – such as heights, deep water and germs
· Situational phobias – such as networking, public speaking or flying
Phobias are a special type of thought-knot where our brain has developed a pattern of irrational fear. As a phobic I was ecstatic when I learned NLP & Hypnotherapy techniques to cure phobias because I know the suffering they can cause. I’m delighted to help you.