A phobia is a strong, irrational and out of proportion fear-reaction to something that poses little or no actual danger but just the thought of it and the resulting surge of adrenaline causes your physical body to react in what is known as the 'Fight or Flight Syndrome'. This reaction is old evolutionary stuff that is well embedded in our genes from over 900 million years of evolution ever since we crawled out of the primordial ooze and developed over the millennia as a necessary part of the survival of the species. The reaction may have been useful to our ancestor caveman but is usually not a lot of use to us now, however we now have the brain power in the frontal lobes of our neo-cortex which develops very good imaginations - imaginations which the old primitive parts of our brain interprets as being life-threatening and so kicks off the 'fight or flight' reaction.
If you have a phobia then you will try to avoid what you are afraid of. If you cannot avoid it then exposure to it will probably provoke a feeling of extreme anxiety or a panic attack, even thinking about it, as explained above, can cause the same reaction. This type of avoidance can interfere with work and social functioning. You may feel weak or cowardly and lose self-esteem when avoiding the object of the phobia.
Anxieties and feelings of not being able to 'deal with the situation' is a disempowering experience and the combination of teaching/discussion and hypnotherapy that I work with is very successful in helping to overcome this. Although the catalogue of your difficulties and anxiety symptoms may sometimes seem quite varied we don't have to treat them as separate issues. You are a whole person and I treat you as such, these things will all be inter-related in some way.
one's own voice
opening one's eyes
- Fear of (or of growing old.)
Phonophobia - Fear of
Eremophobia - Fear of being by (or of loneliness.)
Agoraphobia - Fear of (or of being in crowded, public places.)
Optophobia - Fear of
Allodoxaphobia - Fear of
Sexophobia - Fear of the (also Heterophobia)
Lutraphobia - Fear of
Spacephobia - Fear of
Ponophobia - Fear of (or of pain.)
|Fear of gaining weight.(Pocrescophobia)
Fear of crowds or mobs.
Fear of vehicles.
Fear of the figure 8.
Fear of teeth or dental surgery.
or Odynephobia - Fear of pain. (Algophobia)
Fear of wines.
Fear of home surroundings, house.
Fear of smells.
Fear of rain or of being rained on.
or Ommatophobia - Fear of eyes.
Fear of dreams.
Fear of wet dreams.
Fear of hearing a certain word or of names.
Fear of snakes. (Snakephobia)
Fear of being stared at.
Fear of opening one's eyes.
Fear of birds.
Fear of property.
or Osphresiophobia - Fear of smells or odours.
Fear of shellfish.
Fear of heaven.
© Neil Robinson 2013
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