Phobias seem to have some link with protection way back in our evolution. Fear is a valuable primal instinct, helping us avoid dangerous situations, such as heights, loud noises or snakes. But when our fear has no current purpose, it only serves to inhibit us and hold us back. We become fearful in anticipation of something before it has even begun. And the more we respond in this way, the more likely we are to continue to be fearful.
Psychotherapy experts agree that most phobias tend to respond quite reliably to a technique called systematic desensitisation, also known as graded exposure therapy. This works by encouraging you to face your fears in a controlled way, starting with the least stressful, gradually moving up a ladder of feared situations.
In hypnosis, you face your fears when you are completely relaxed. Relaxation is the complete opposite of fearful and anxious. Relaxed in hypnosis, you can explore your irrational fears, and bit by bit, overcome them. In a relaxed hypnosis, you learn to associate the feared object or situation with calm relaxation with you in control. You see that there are other more rational and useful ways of responding. You regain control. By facing your fears you become resilient. Click for information from the NHS on phobias.
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