An exaggerated fear that often turns into a phobia is the fear of flying. We have all been told that we are much safer flying than driving our car to work and we can understand this consciously. We may go along for years feeling just fine until a situation occurs, where we felt out of control and logic goes out the window. This is especially difficult if it is a pilot that has flown for over 20 years, and within six months developed a flying phobia. My client had flown in every type of weather for years, loved to fly, and always had felt in control whenever flying. Then six months before seeing me he experienced a problem while flying, started to feel out of control which led to his first ever anxiety attack. Over a period of six months he started to dread flying. Even thinking about flying caused him anxiety and the fear grew in intensity until he almost gave up flying. In the last year he was also extremely stressed with other personal issues which he had very little control over and this feeling of being out of control compounded his flying fear. His personal emotional state just fed into his fears when flying, the feelings of being out of control! In my first session with him I added logic and reasoning to his previous flying problems, added re-framing, positive visualization and suggestions also about his personal life. He went flying the next day, feeling more relaxed, confident and self-assured than he had in months. The next week he was flying out of a national airport, excited and confident once more to be doing something he loved to do. As I’ve mentioned before hypnotherapy can be extremely quick and powerful in alleviating fears, anxieties and phobias. Don’t let fear control your life!
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By Karen on April 19, 2011
All of us experience fear at some time in our life, and usually this fear is something that can actually threaten our well being. We are taught at an early age to be afraid of the hot burner, jumping off a roof, and things as simple as watching for cars crossing the street. Most fears do not interfere with our daily lives. But when a fear restricts and controls our actions during the day it has become a phobia. Many phobias come from childhood, when we were unable to add logic or reasoning to what was happening around us. Often times phobias are formed in adulthood after a very stressful situation in which the person felt out of control and not able to handle what was happening around them. Many times the phobia results from months or years of stress and then an incident happens that pulls the rug out and phobias are formed. Many of my clients that develop phobias in adulthood relate years or months of having to deal with high levels of stress, and feeling out of control in their life. The stress has to go somewhere, and many times it will present itself in illness, anxieties or phobias. It is not always important for the reason for the phobia to be identified for healing to occur. Although if the reason is known, logic, reasoning and re-framing is used in the hypnotherapy to change the way the experience is viewed. Anxiety and panic are almost always part of the phobia and the symptoms may manifest in many ways. We can have anxiety and panic attacks without phobias and I’ll talk about this later. If you have a phobia that is taking control over your life or interfering in things you want to accomplish, remember in many cases hypnotherapy can really help!