Fears and Phobias
You may dislike something but a fear or phobia is different. There are hundreds of phobias, from spiders and heights to the most common one, public speaking. Then there are the more unusual ones such as mycophobia, (a phobia of mushrooms).
A phobia is an irrational fear, giving the sufferer an intense desire to avoid something, whether an object, event or situation and can vary in severity from person to person. There are well over 500 recognised phobias; here are just a few you may not be familiar with:
- Kinemortophobia – The fear of zombies
- Lepidopterophobia – the fear of butterflies
- Chiclephobia – fear of chewing gum
- Eisoptrophobia – fear of your own reflection
The fear of butterflies is irrational, as are most phobias. To someone who suffers there is nothing they can do to stop the feelings of panic or wanting to get away, this might be how you feel, but something else other than mushrooms. How can anyone fear their own reflection? But this can affect someone in the same way your phobia affects you. Imagine how someone with Chionophobia (the fear of snow) feels in the winter?
You probably feel powerless to override the feelings of panic and anxiety. No one seems to understand how you feel. People tell you to get a grip and assure you everything is okay and there is nothing to fear – but it makes no difference. You still panic and want to run. But things can be different with hypnosis.
What are you really afraid of?
A phobia is a learned response. You were not born with it – it has been programmed or conditioned into you and is there because your subconscious believes it is the way things inside your mind should be. It makes you respond the way you do.
You may have tried to change things with positive thinking, will power or facing the fear but has it worked? The problem is your subconscious is powerful and if you are subconsciously scared of spiders you will feel scared of spiders no matter what logic and reason tells you. I can help you change this.