We all experience fear in certain situations. We are wired that way. It keeps us safe. For example, it’s not a bad idea to be fearful when we feel unsafe or that we are in danger. Sometimes it’s instinct and other times we are reacting to a previous negative event.
It may be, for example, that we fear a barking dog running towards us because we don’t want to be bitten by it.
Or we fear about hearing a coming storm because we fear for our safety. Fear is good that way, because experiencing fear could actually keep us safe, especially when we are pushed to act, keep safe and find a solution, or the proverbial way out, to our fearful state.
When fear becomes irrational
Some people, however, are debilitated by their fears and develop phobia around certain situations, objects, places, animals or even sensations.
There is a reason why phobias are often defined as irrational fear—some people develop an exaggerated feeling of danger when presented with particular situations or objects even when that perceived danger is unreal or highly suspect.
Phobias debilitate people rather than trigger an active response to get out of the fearful situation.
Phobias are medically considered as a psychological disorder, specifically an anxiety disorder. When a phobia becomes so severe, people may turn to organizing their lives in order to avoid their phobias and develop a perpetual state of anxiety.
Some people with a phobia are even unable to think about the source of their tremendous fears, let alone think of dealing with their fears, without triggering an anxiety attack.
Some fears and phobias incite anxiety and negative responses and for this reason, it is crucial that they are treated or even just managed.
In fact, in the US, the National Institute of Mental Health says that the number of people with anxiety disorders has been increasing over the past years. If left untreated, we will slowly become a society with a good number of psychologically unhealthy people suffering from fears and phobias that are actually manageable with certain types of therapy, including hypnosis.
What is hypnosis?
Like medication, hypnotherapy is a viable treatment for people dealing with fears and phobias, where treating a certain state of mind is at stake. Because many of our fears and phobias stem from a state of mind or psychological reaction, hypnosis is considered as a safe and veritable therapeutic option for those who seek a way out of their debilitating fears.
While hypnotism could at first conjure images of traveling circuses or stage acts, there is actually a branch of the practice of hypnosis that has been considered a medical procedure since the ancient times.
Today, many medical professionals are utilizing hypnotherapy as a complementary treatment for a host of psychological disorders, such as anxiety, phobias, and addiction, as well as for other chronic diseases and dental conditions.
When pared down to its core, hypnosis is actually a process that allows a person to reach a deeply relaxed state of mind, where the rational part of the brain can be engaged to block out distracting thoughts and focus on relaxation.
When a person is in a hypnotic state, the subconscious part of the brain could then be accessed and communicated with therapeutic suggestions including how to conquer psychological disorders like phobias.
Conquer fears and phobias with hypnosis
Medical studies show that when the human brain is in a deeply relaxed state, its ability to receive therapeutic suggestions are enhanced, thus allowing a person to steer consciousness and effect a wide range of behavioral changes, including overcoming fears and phobias.
Under hypnosis, a person is also able to delve deeper into his or her memories or experiences in order to rationalize where such fear or phobia is coming from. The underlying origin of the phobia is thus exposed so that a person’s conditioned response to stimuli is progressively eradicated.
Different people respond to hypnosis differently and the number of hypnosis sessions required to fully address phobias may vary. Factors such as how deeply the phobia affects the person, how long the person has been suffering from the phobia, and how determined a patient is in overcoming the disorder could determine how many therapy sessions are required.
If you or someone you know is suffering from extreme fears or phobias, hypnosis is a worthy treatment to consider when you do resolve to conquer your fears. There is truth in the adage that we all need to conquer our fears some time, and hypnosis could be your means to emerge victorious.
If you suffer from fear, phobias or anxiety, just imagine how different your life would be without it holding you back.
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