Necrophobia - How To Extinguish The Irrational Fear Of Death

Published: 26th October 2010
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Necrophobia, the fear of death and dying, is among the most common fears in the world. This serious fear affects countless sufferers and can develop regardless of a person's age, health, or personal beliefs. It is a fear that can have serious consequences on an individual's life. Often, people are afraid of anything that can be associated with death, such as funerals, or less obviously, medical centers and scary films. In severe cases, the phobia leaves individuals paralyzed with fear. Even though this fear is among the most serious, through education and therapy, people can successfully overcome this fear.

Most of us can identify with the fear of death, but when a person experiences a phobia, they have more intense, life-altering feelings of fear that can disrupt their daily lives. Necrophobia itself can lead to strong feelings of fear, paranoia, and serious anxiety attacks. Phobia sufferers frequently feel terrified of circumstances in which they are not in complete control.

While some individuals experience fear all the time, in others, it is only triggered by specific sights or events. For some individuals, the phobia may arise after a life-changing incident such as watching a family member pass on. Necrophobia is characterized in general by the overwhelming feeling of a powerful, irrational fear of death, dying, and anything associated with death.

Necrophobia is rarely as straightforward as it would appear. This is seen because the phobia is linked to pain, hypochondria, fear of the unknown, and other underlying concerns that make it challenging to overcome. This challenge can be handled by a treatment intended to work against several phobias. This is the case with a good hypnosis and NLP therapy program.

Anxiety disorders can be treated with several different methods. Effective treatments include counseling and other forms of therapy such as hypnosis therapy, NLP, anti-anxiety medication, and relaxation techniques. Hypnotherapy combined with NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) techniques tends to have among the highest success rates among the various treatment options because it utilizes multiple unique ways of addressing fears and preventing anxiety.

A hypnosis program begins with anti-anxiety techniques that make the mind receptive to phobia-extinguishing suggestions. Treatment of stress and anxiety is an integral element of fear treatment because it is considered to be the first step in stopping panic attacks and preventing negative, fear-generating mental associations.

Systematic desensitization techniques used under the hypnotic state are another successful mechanism of treatment. Under hypnosis, a patient is gently guided into visualizations of fear-triggering situations and is taught how to release anxiety. After successful treatment, users are able to stay calm and rational under circumstances which normally trigger fear. Patients also report that thoughts that previously cause fear no longer cause them distress. Systematic desensitization can also be conducted outside of the hypnotic state, but it then becomes a more difficult, time-consuming and intensive process.

The NLP Visual/Kinesthetic Disassociation is often characterized as the most successful technique to terminate phobias. This technique helps patients "disassociate" their anxieties from the root, unconscious visualizations that trigger a panic attack, in a process that permits them to quickly "snap out" of the sensation of fear. For this reason, programs incorporating the V/K Disassociation are often called "instant" phobia cures by their creators and patients alike.

Hypnotherapy has taken advantage of increasingly advanced techniques for tackling the root of fears. Ericksonian hypnosis, so named after its inventor, Milton Erickson, MD, has proven successful in helping to re-work the thought processes responsible for a phobia. Using metaphorical language, it automatically guides the unconscious mind into a fear-free thought process. Similarly, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is used to reform the unconscious line of thought. With the NLP Flash technique, fear provoking thoughts will automatically be reversed to stop the fear instead, leading to instantaneous phobia relief.

Necrophobia can be treated even when it is very severe. Traditional techniques used with hypnosis can accelerate the treatment process, while state-of-the-art hypnosis techniques work at the unconscious level to eliminate fear and anxiety. Its non-invasiveness also makes it a safe option as it can reduce or eliminate the need for anti-anxiety medication. Fear patients regularly report dramatic and life-changing effects arising from hypnosis. For countless sufferers of necrophobia, hypnosis provides a positive form of relief.

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