Fear is the predominant reason that drives people to seek therapy, usually as a result of adverse reactions to environmental or relationship situations where the person feels threatened. Most often, fears are deeply rooted in childhood. This is because a child has a restricted perception of the world and easily succumbs to fears of the unknown. This doesn’t mean that you will not develop fears later in life. Fear may come about due to deeply distressing experiences, but more commonly they are usually linked to your childhood experiences.
It is rare to have a single fear. In such cases multiple associated or interrelated fears could play together in one person. The most common fears, are fear of flying, heights, failing, public speaking, sexual performance, unknown, animals, darkness, confined spaces, water or contamination. Other fears, such as, a fear of dogs, or blood could be linked to one’s personal experience.
Having fear sometimes could be useful. It can serve to make you cautious, but if it creates unreasonable and extreme behaviour, it can threaten your health and well-being. Fears transforms into phobias when they start dominating your everyday routine. When you are phobic, you might act beyond acceptable limits or be unmanageable. This happens because you are unaware of your suppressed conflicts. People suffering from neurosis, have numerous fears and phobias.
The Law of Association, predominately governs fears and phobias. For instance, imagine a person who is in a panic and a life-threatening situation, they would not only develop terrible fear of that situation, but also develop fear towards various elements in that event. For example, imagine a child on a cruise, being hit by a tsunami wave, they may develop fear of water, fear of cruises or ships or boats, fear of crowds, fear of people in uniform (the crew). These fears may or may not become a phobia, but they can easily be carried into adulthood. Interestingly, not all people in the above situation would develop fear. Only the ones suggestible to the threat would develop fear.
Fears could be Physiological, such as hypoglycemia or idiosyncratic pains. Most fears in adulthood are due to physiological changes. For example, a child is preparing for exams for the next day. He puts in great effort, studying day and night and may even skip breakfast so as to be early. As he begins to write his paper, he notices his hands are trembling and he is feeling nervous. This could be due to lack of sugar in his blood stream, but because at this moment he is in the exam situation, he begins to associate the nervousness with examination. He tries to hide his trembling to save himself from embarrassment and ultimately convinces himself, that he is afraid of taking exams. He may try suppressing his fears, but now in his mind he has associated trembling with examination. This association has developed fear of examination in him.
Each one of us reacts to threats physically and emotionally. There is an adrenaline rush. The muscles become tense, there is clenching of teeth, and our thinking and responses become quickened. All these changes are needed to fight the situation, but when the threat is over, our body slows down and gradually returns to homoeostasis.
A person with a phobia imagines his threats, and it is due to these imaginations that his body undergoes similar responses that occur in a threatening situation, but it is difficult to return to homoeostasis, because he is constantly living in his state of imagination during the period of crisis. This is the reason why phobic people are unable to confront their fears in a calm state. Hypnotherapy helps in this state, to desensitise fears and phobic reactions.
Management of Fears and Phobias with Hypnotherapy:
Hypnotherapists understand that the cause of fears, are unresolved issues, which are perceived as a threat by the person and hence are manifested in the form of emotional and physiological responses. These responses are apparent, while the causes are not. The cause of fear triggers the reactions.
Hypnotherapists usually adopt approaches which help in treating the symptoms first, but if this fails, one needs to resolve the unresolved issues. Finding and treating the cause, not only completely removes the phobias, but also diminishes anxiety associated with the fear. Various techniques, like circle therapy, for identifying and desensitising the causes and age regression to locate the cause can be adopted in treating and managing Fears and Phobias.
According to Beyond Blue 15.4% of Australians aged 16 to 24 have experienced an anxiety disorder in the last 12 months’. This is equivalent to 440,000 young people today. What is true for Australia; is sadly true for Sydney.
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