Fear is a natural response to danger, as it’s a survival instinct, but when we have an unrealistic and exaggerated fear surrounding a certain situation or object, it has turned into a phobia or an irrational fear. Do you find yourself going to great lengths to avoid situations? Even the thought of it sends your head into a spin and panic mode.
The irrational fear or phobia may have come from a particular trauma or event (for example experience a bumpy flight as a child and then it turns into a fear of flying). You might have picked it up from someone else (for example if your father screamed when they saw a spider, you may have subconsciously learnt that this spider is dangerous and will respond in the future).
There are so many different phobias. They can be about a situation, living creatures or objects . Here are some of the most common:
- Fear of animals (zoophobia)
- Fear of dogs (cynophobia)
- Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)
- Fear of flying (aerophobia)
- Fear of heights (acrophobia)
- Fear of open spaces (agoraphobia)
- Fear of interacting with others (social phobia)
- Fear of confined spaces (claustrophobia)
- Fear of getting ill (hypochondria)
- Fear of driving (driving phobia)
- Fear of blushing (erythrophobia)
- Fear of vomiting (emetophobia)
- Fear of blood (hemophobia)
- Fear of needles (trypanophobia)
Your brain will keep triggering the flight or flight stress response even when you tell yourself consciously you’re overreacting and this isn’t life threatening situation. That’s where I can help you on a subconscious level change the thoughts, emotions and behaviours to the fear or phobia all conducted in a safe and calm way.