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Understanding Hypnosis for Phobias

We’ve all seen it before: a hypnotist will put you in a trance and heal you from some phobia once they snap their finger, correct?

That is not entirely true. Hypnosis for phobias is by no means something out of movies and TV, and the stereotypical image of hypnotizing someone into a trance and turning them into mindless slaves is completely wrong. Although hypnosis for phobias is likened to a trance state characterized by relaxation and extreme suggestibility, the subject is actually hyper-attentive.

It can be compared to being absorbed by a movie. You are at all times aware that it’s not reality, yet you can’t help yourself but be pulled into the movie’s world. In fact, some hypnotists affirm that most people hypnotize themselves whenever they are concentrating on completing a certain task, be it driving a car, reading a book or writing this article.

Since a hypnotic state opens up the mind and relaxes certain inhibitions, it is possible to use hypnosis for phobias to address deeply rooted fears. It should be noted that a phobia is not exactly the same as fear. Being afraid of a spider and having a spider phobia are two different things. When you have a fear of spiders you can still maybe kick it away — a phobia can send a person into a full-blown panic attack.

Thus a phobia is a deeply entrenched emotional response, and to get to that may require a hypnotic regression. Once in the dream-like state it is necessary to discuss the trigger moment and convince the patient to see it from an adult and mature point of view.

In this way the hypnotist only assists in reaching this state of clear-mindedness and seeing the issue in a new light. In the end it is the patient who actually heals him or herself from the phobia through reason and logic.

Finding The Phobia Treatment You Need

More and more in today’s world, people are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and also of phobias. A phobia is having an intense fear or something which is usually irrational. Some people, for example, have an extreme fear of flying. Other common phobias include fearing closed in spaces, heights, snakes, bees or injections. While many phobias develop when we are children, we can also get them when we are adults.

The thing about having a phobia is that you know that it is unfounded. If you have a fear of snakes, for example, how many times in your life have you come into contact with one in the wild? The answer is: probably never. This makes it even worse for you as you know your mind is playing tricks on you that you cannot control.

Finding the phobia treatment you need is vitally important if your phobia hinders your life significantly. Fear of flying, for example, might make you anxious all year for the few hours you spend in a plane to and from your holiday destination. If you have had the phobia for more than six months and you are constantly anxious, then it’s time to seek phobia treatment.

You can do a lot to help yourself by doing the following forms of phobia treatment:

Learn a technique that helps you relax. Join a yoga class. Learn about meditation. There are excellent meditation programs out there that even go into specific phobias. These guided meditations are easy to use. You can even listen to them in bed before you go to sleep. Even if you fall asleep, your brain is still absorbing the meditation.

Learning a deep breathing technique is also very helpful in moments of extreme stress, when your breathing is usually fast and shallow. Learn to calm down and breathe slowly. Count your breaths which will automatically reduce the speed of your breathing.

Facing your fears is possible. In fact the most effective way is to expose yourself to the phobia when you feel safe. You can be in a safe place and imagine the trigger of your phobia to desensitize yourself.

There are many ways to help yourself and get the phobia treatment you need, so do not despair.