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.
pins and needles
or Algophobia - Fear of
Odynophobia or Odynephobia - Fear of
Papyrophobia - Fear of
Parasitophobia - Fear of
Soceraphobia - Fear of
Pellagrophobia - Fear of
Phallophobia - Fear of a (especially erect)
Ithyphallophobia - Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect
Medorthophobia - Fear of an erect
Anthropophobia - Fear of (or society)
Paraphobia - Fear of sexual
Philosophobia - Fear of
Phobophobia - Fear of
Belonephobia or - Fear of
Enetophobia - Fear of
Topophobia - Fear of certain (or situations, such as the stage)
Batonophobia - Fear of
Metrophobia - Fear of
Aichmophobia - Fear of
Iophobia - Fear of
Toxiphobia or Toxophobia or Toxicophobia - Fear of (or of being accidentally poisoned)
Poliosophobia - Fear of contracting
Politicophobia - Fear or abnormal dislike of
Papaphobia - Fear of the
Peniaphobia - Fear of
Cremnophobia - Fear of
Tocophobia - Fear of (or childbirth)
Hierophobia - Fear of (or sacred things)
Prosophobia - Fear of
Orthophobia - Fear of
Cypridophobia, Cypriphobia, Cyprianophobia, or Cyprinophobia - Fear of (or of venereal disease)
Glossophobia - Fear of
Scriptophobia - Fear of
Rhabdophobia - Fear of being severely or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticised. Also fear of magic wand
Poinephobia - Fear of
Mastigophobia - Fear of
Pupaphobia - Fear of
Porphyrophobia - Fear of the colour
Fear of ice or frost.
Fear of suffering and disease.
or Pantophobia - Fear of everything.
Fear of the Pope.
Fear of paper.
Fear of neglecting duty or responsibility.
Fear of sexual perversion.
Fear of parasites.
Fear of Friday the 13th.
Fear of virgins or young girls.
Fear of disease.
Fear of heredity.
Fear of childbirth.
Fear of sinning. (imaginary crime)
Fear of lice.
Fear of dolls.
Fear of children.
Fear of bald people.
Fear of pellagra.
Fear of poverty.
Fear of mother-in-law. (Novercaphobia)
Fear of swallowing, or of eating, or of being eaten.
Fear of becoming bald.
Fear of a penis, especially erect.
Fear of taking medicine.
Fear of ghosts.
Fear of daylight or sunshine.
or Philematophobia - Fear of kissing.
Fear of falling in love or being in love.
Fear of philosophy.
Fear of phobias.
Fear of glaring lights.
Fear of light.
Fear of noises, or voices, or one's own voice, or of telephones.
Fear of thinking.
Fear of lice. (Pediculophobia)
Fear of tuberculosis.
Fear of tombstones.
Fear of wealth.
Fear of rain or of being rained on.
Fear of spirits.
or Pnigerophobia - Fear of choking of being smothered.
Fear of gaining weight. (Obesophobia)
Fear of beards.
Fear of contracting poliomyelitis.
Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians.
Fear of many things.
Fear of punishment.
Fear of overworking or of pain.
Fear of the colour purple.
Fear of rivers or running water.
Fear of alcohol.
Fear of drugs.
Fear of rectum.
Fear of progress.
Fear of stuttering.
Fear of mind.
Fear of cold.
Fear of flying.
Fear of being tickled by feathers.
Fear of puppets
Fear of Fever.
Fear of fire.
© Neil Robinson 2013
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