Arachnophobia - An Irrational Fear Of Spiders You Can Quickly Conquer

Published: 22nd October 2010
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It's typical for all people to experience some fears, but having a phobia is a more significant matter. A phobia is an extreme fear that a sufferer cannot control. Phobias are classified as a form of anxiety disorder, and often create nervousness and panic attacks in an individual. When a person has an intense phobia, they grow so anxious to avoid their fear that it interferes with their daily lives and their ability to live life.

Among the most common phobias are arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, claustrophobia, a fear of enclosed spaces, and acrophobia, the fear of heights. Arachnophobia is the most common phobia. While many people are afraid of spiders, those with arachnophobia have an abnormal amount of fear. Even a picture or realistic drawing of a spider can make some people nervous. Some arachnophobes have panic attacks or panic at the sight of a spider. They are often willing to do anything in order to avoid a spider; for instance, people with an extreme case of arachnophobia might try to climb out of a moving vehicle if they see a spider near them.

Sufferers often feel embarrassed by their uncontrollable reactions. Other people and even the sufferers themselves often find their behavior irrational. Their anxiety over spiders and their reaction to arachnids may escalate into other problems as well. Arachnophobia and other phobias may lead to a condition called agoraphobia.

Agoraphobia develops when an individual fears being in any potentially stressful setting or situation. For a person with arachnophobia, this may mean avoiding any place a spider could be living, new places, and even resisting leaving the house or going outside altogether. This can badly interfere with a person's regular. A person may be worried about having panic attacks or humiliating him or herself by losing control. People often find themselves chronically stressed out over these worries.

People with phobias often struggle with the inability to control their fears. This is because the root of the fear exists in the unconscious mind; so conscious effort or willpower will not work to control a phobia. A phobia is best dealt with at the unconscious level, which is why Ericksonian hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques are the best phobia treatments.

There are multiple different hypnotherapy programs available for handling phobias. Most use traditional hypnotic techniques that depend on the use of post-hypnotic suggestions with highly specific wording to work against fears. In this day and age, post-hypnotic suggestions often don't work because our generation has a tendency to question everything. And since today's generation tends to do the opposite of what they are told, they resist post-hypnotic suggestions and experience an entirely conflicting response.

Ericksonian hypnotherapy differs from traditional hypnosis because it uses indirect suggestions that are embedded in conversation. This makes them hard for the mind to pick out, so they will usually make it through to the unconscious mind and be adopted.

The process typically begins by using hypnosis to make you feel very relaxed and calm. Then, instead of merely "telling" your unconscious what to do, Ericksonian techniques use stories and metaphors to steer your mind into a fear-free line of thought.

NLP treatments work by focusing on the particular thought process that causes an irrational phobia and using it to extinguish the fear. Because of this, NLP can be used on all phobias.

People respond much better to the combination of NLP and Ericksonian techniques than to conventional hypnosis because instead of getting commands, the unconscious mind is convinced to follow a new, more logical line of thinking. These programs work especially well for people who are logical, critical thinkers and people who are independent thinkers.

You do not need a unique hypnosis program for each different phobia. A single program that includes numerous sessions containing the right combination of Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP techniques can treat any phobia. Additionally, a good program will be effective for anyone. The mix of unique techniques in several different sessions guarantees success for each and every individual who uses them. By following each step of the program, people are often amazed at how quickly they overcome their fears.

Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP focus on transforming irrational behaviors and fears into calm, collected responses. For many individuals suffering from debilitating fears such as arachnophobia, this is a life-changing treatment. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for beating fears and anxieties to live a fuller, better life.

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