So what do you do? Run, freeze, feel sick or simply want to cry?
There is the simple phobia where a person reacts negatively when they come into contact with the thing that causes fear, i.e. dentists, needles or spiders.
Then there is the complex phobia which causes fear and anxiety continually. One such example is Emetophobia - a fear of being sick, and considered to be one of the most common phobias in the world. It can affect the sufferer in ways such as not wanting to collect their children from school in case that child is feeling ill, or maybe even putting off becoming pregnant because of the fear of sickness.
Another complex phobia is social phobia, a fear of social situations, such as weddings, public speaking or simply going out to dinner with people - even if they're friends! Frequently people with a social phobia have a fear of embarrassing themselves or of being humiliated in public.
A phobia is defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding despite the fear, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognised as irrational.
However, the good news is that your brain has an ability to learn, in fact you are constantly learning are you not? Learning new habits such as being more relaxed and calm can help overcome simple phobias very quickly. Now here's an interesting fact, habits exist on the same subconscious level as phobias and hypnosis helps to create new habits or patterns of behaviour.
The basic feature of any phobia is a conflict between the conscious and subconscious. Hypnotherapy communicates with the subconscious, filtering through how the client wants to be rather than how they currently are.
It has to be stated here that the client has to want to change their pattern of behaviour. They will also need to get on board with the treatment i.e. listening to a mind-strengthening CD.
My personal phobia
Finally, I would like to state that I used to have a terrible phobia of the dentist. I had hypnotherapy and after refusing or avoiding the dreaded visit for 24 years I now have been not only for check-ups but treatment with not even as much as a bead of sweat or loss of sleep worrying so I speak from past experience when I say I know how those of you with phobias feel!
Maybe it's time for change? As I well know, it makes a lovely difference when you get it sorted.