Fears and Phobias

The majority of us have a fear or phobia, however most are manageable and have little impact on our lives 

A Fear could be described as an emotion experienced in Fears-phobias-planeanticipation of some specific pain or danger. (Usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight.) A phobia could be described as an extreme and irrational fear of a thing or given situation. So the main difference between the two is usually just about the severity and how much “it” impacts upon the sufferer’s life. Some fears/phobias are triggered by a past traumatic experience. At other times they are created by the sufferer’s thinking, even if real life experiences are at the root of the fear/phobia. This thinking maintains and determines the severity of it. There will usually be strong avoidance behaviour connected with the fear/phobia, accompanied by anxiety, loss of control and panic. There are thousands of fears/phobias, here’s to name a few.

Below is a list of the more common fears and phobias:

  • Spiders – Arachnophobia
  • Flying – Aviatophobia
  • Water – Hydrophobia
  • Heights – Acrophobia
  • Enclosed spaces – Claustrophobia
  • Open spaces – Agoraphobia
  • Crowds – Demophobia
  • Darkness – Nyctophobia
  • Dentists – Odontophobia
  • Speaking in public – Glossophobia
  • Needles – Aichmophobia
  • Death or dying – Thanatophobia
  • Being judged or put on the spot – Social Phobia, or Scopophobia.
  • Urinating in front of others, shy bladder, paruresis, toilet anxiety or toilet phobia
  • Defecating (either alone, or in earshot of others), stools and losing bowel control – Coprophobia, or Corporophobia

Even if your fear/phobia is not listed, the list is not exhaustive. With hypnosis and suggestion therapy it can be overcome. Leaving you feel less anxious, more in control, and more self-confident.