What is a Phobia?

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 1.08.18 PMWhat is a Phobia?  

Phobic reactions are excessive fears of certain kinds of situations in the absence of real dangers. The person usually realizes that his fear is irrational but still feels anxiety, which is relieved only by avoiding the phobic situation. The list of objects or situations that can evoke phobic reactions is endless. Some of the more common are fear of closed places (claustrophobia), fear of high places (acrophobia), fear of crowd (clausto -phobia), fear of animal (zoophobia), and fear of the dark places (nycto-phobia).

Most of us have some minor irrational fears, but in phobic reactions, the fears are so intense as to interfere with the person’s daily life. An often-phobic individual shows other symptoms of neurotic disorder such as tenseness, feeling of inadequacy, and so on.

A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of some object, event, activity or situation. It is irrational in the sense in the fear greatly exceeds any danger that might be inherent in the feared stimulus. The term phobic disorder is used when the fear and avoidance behavior are sufficiently intense to seriously disrupt the individual’s life in some way.

Phobias are common at all levels of society. It can be seen in all ages and in both sexes. Overall phobias are more common in females than males, but this differs according to the type of phobia. Although phobias are common among children, they are generally transient problems that disappear before adulthood.

Phobias are subdivided in to three main categories.

Simple phobias involve maladaptive fear and avoidance of discrete or situations. Some of the most common simple phobias are fear of animals and insects; fear of heart attacks, cancer, and other diseases. These phobias rarely cause a serious problem for the phobic person.

Social phobias describe when a person is fearful and avoids social situations. It can occur with many types of situations but are most seen in those involving possible public scrutiny or evaluation, such as meeting new individuals or speaking in public. Individuals with this type of problem often also experience generalized anxiety, depression and other phobias. They don’t usually have other serious problems.

Agoraphobia is the intense fear when leaving the familiar setting of the home, or other similar place. People with this phobia severely restrict any outside activities.

Fears, developed in childhood, can transform into adult phobias. Conditioning plays a key role in developing original fears and later in creating phobias. The fear is directed toward specific object, and the person can only anxiety by avoiding object.

Hypnosis for phobias is very effective. You’ll be able to address the underlying problems that led to the phobia. You’ll learn to relax and be in control of your emotions. Through hypnosis, you’ll permanently remove your fear response and regain your freedom.

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