What is a phobia and why do I have one?
A phobia is described an irrational and excessive fear of an object or situation. Sometimes we learn these from our parents, after all these are the people who largely shape our world during our younger years, so if you see your Mum/Dad scared of something, you might think there is cause for concern. Other times phobias develop of their own accord, quite possibly getting worse the older we get.
Often a phobia involves a sense of danger to one’s life or fear of harm even though other people probably don’t see it as a threat at all. When it’s extreme people avoid putting themselves into situations where they know they’ll come face to face with their fears. Being afraid of snakes will probably not affect your every day life but other fears such as flying can have a bigger impact, with some people never venturing abroad for a holiday or only flying short-haul.
I’ve seen people with a variety of phobias, maybe the most unusual being a fear of frogs. But don’t feel shy whatever it is, who am I to judge as I don’t much like whales (especially Killer Whales!). I do only 3 or 4 sessions for phobias so within a short space of time you can be feeling a whole lot better. Suggestion therapy and NLP can provide excellent results in giving a boost to your self esteem and help you deal with situations which make you feel anxious. If you specifically dislike Public Speaking please click here for more information on the relevant page.
Common symptoms associated with fears and phobias include:-
- Racing heartbeat