Did you know that there is a difference between fear and phobia?
Phobias are more pronounced than fears – a phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Also a fear can often be a rational and appropriate response to danger whereas a phobia is an inappropriate or exaggerated level of automatic response to a situation or object.
If you don’t come into contact with the source of your phobia very often, it may not affect your everyday life. However, if you have a complex phobia, leading a normal life may be very difficult and in some cases, even thinking about the source of a phobia can make a person feel anxious or panicky.
Symptomatic reaction to a phobic stimulant may include:
unsteadiness, dizziness and lightheadedness
increased heart rate or palpitations
out of breath
trembling or shaking
an upset stomach
Phobias can vary enormously, for example fear of spiders, lifts, closed or open spaces. If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organise their life around avoiding the thing that’s causing them anxiety.
A key characteristic holding a phobia together is that it is a very associated state. A phobia is an externally triggered, consistent, uncontrollable panic response to an internal representation. It is an irrational reaction. The interesting fact is that if you have a phobia, you actually respond to the picture you have created of ‘the thing and not ‘the thing’ itself. The thing triggers, it does not cause the phobic reaction.
Types of Phobias
Specific or simple phobias
Specific or simple phobias centre around a particular object, animal, situation or activity. They often develop during childhood or adolescence and may become less severe as you get older.
Common examples of simple phobias include:
animal phobias– such as dogs, spiders, birds, snakes or rodents
environmental phobias– such as heights, deep water and germs
situational phobias– such as visiting the dentist or flying
bodily phobias – such as blood, vomit or having injections
sexual phobias – such as performance anxiety or the fear of sexual infections
Complex phobias tend to be more disabling than simple phobias. They tend to develop during adulthood and are often associated with a deep-rooted fear or anxiety about a particular situation or circumstance.
Two common complex phobias are agoraphobia and social phobia
Agoraphobia is often thought of as a fear of open spaces, but it’s much more complex than this as someone with agoraphobia will feel anxious about being in a place or situation where escaping may be difficult if they have a panic attack.
Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, centres around feeling anxious in social situations.
If you have a social phobia, you might be afraid of speaking in front of people for fear of embarrassing yourself and being humiliated in public.
In severe cases, this can become debilitating and may prevent you from carrying out everyday activities, such as eating out or meeting friends.
So how can we help?
Our method of dealing with phobias is safe and very effective. One thing we absolutely do not do is ask you to relive your phobia or intense fear in any way. In fact we do completely the opposite. For simple phobias we use a quick and powerful technique that protects you from any of the unpleasant feelings you associate with your phobia and enables you to quickly and permanently let go of your phobia and allows the phobia to let go of the hold it previously had on you.
For more complex phobias we use an integrated approach of NLP, clean language and other psychology based therapies and work with you in a safe and comfortable way to discover the root cause of the phobia and then enable you to replace the previous phobia reaction with a more positive and appropriate emotional state.
To discuss how our way of dealing with phobia can empower you to be free of the impact your phobia has on you or your life please just give us a call or contact us using the button below.