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Phobias and fears are produced by internal anxieties that become associated with particular situations. Some may seem to serve a genuine purpose (fear of heights, fire, etc) - mostly however, they appear to be completely irrational!

A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger. If you have a phobia, you probably realize that your fear is unreasonable, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the thing you fear may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to your phobia, the terror is automatic and overwhelming.


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Phobias and fears can be so nerve-wracking that you may go to great lengths to avoid it – inconveniencing yourself or even changing your lifestyle.

Normal coping mechanisms don't work, and the need to avoid the objects or situations that cause anxiety can be so intense that they drastically interfere with daily life even though they know the response is inappropriate.

The most common type of Phobias/fears include:

Animal phobias. Animal phobias are fears caused by an animal or insect. Examples include fear of snakes, fear of spiders, fear of rodents, and fear of dogs.

Natural environment phobias. Natural environment phobias are fears cued by objects found in nature. Examples include fear of heights, fear of storms, fear of water, and fear of the dark.

Situational phobias. Situational phobias are fears triggered by a specific situation. Examples include fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), fear of elevators, fear of flying, fear of dentists, fear of driving, fear of tunnels, and fear of bridges.

Blood-Injection-Injury phobia. Blood-injection-injury phobia involves fear of blood, fear or injury, or a fear of shots or another medical procedure.

Social phobias: Social phobia, is fear of social situations where you may be embarrassed or judged. A fear of public speaking, eating or drinking in public and talking to strangers are common examples social phobias.

Phobia comes from the Greek: phóbos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear".

What are Phobias?    

Phobias - Symptoms and effects    

Phobias - How hypnotherapy can help    

Hypnotherapy can help with phobias quickly and efficiently. You will learn new, more relaxed responses which help you become calmer in situations where you are likely to encounter the stimulus.

Usually the original cause of the phobia or fear can be traced back to early childhood where the traumatic event first occurred. With the release of those old, bottled-up emotions, the phobia itself just disappears. After the treatment, you will be in control; you can be free of your fears and start to go and do what you want.

Hypnotherapy can help phobic responses diminish by removing the irrational fear; it may be that you don’t ever embrace snakes but running away screaming is the less preferable option! Hypnotherapy will address the origin of the fear in the subconscious and work with that fear and experience to make the outlook to the phobia calmer with you in control. Inevitably after time fear of the fear can be created such as worrying about the reaction-what if I scream, cry, wet myself? The fear of the fear can be simply removed by feeling in control of the situation, once the neural pathways have changed reaction to the original phobia completely transforms.

Phobic people rarely look to hypnotherapy unless there is a more pressing reason for removing the phobia- because it is hard to see life without the phobia and the fear of what the phobia represents. Most phobias are overcome in just 2 or 3 one hour hypnotherapy sessions.

List of Phobias (Wikipedia)    

Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning

Achluophobia – fear of darkness

Acrophobia – fear of heights

Agoraphobia, Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder – fear of places or events where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable. Fear of open spaces or of being in public places. Fear of leaving a safe place.

Agraphobia – fear of sexual abuse.

Agrizoophobia – fear of wild animals

Agyrophobia –The fear of crossing the road.

Aichmophobia – fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as a needle or knife)

Ailurophobia – fear of cats

Androphobia – fear of men

Anthophobia – fear of flowers

Anthropophobia – fear of people or the company of people, a form of social phobia.

Aquaphobia – fear of water. Distinct from Hydrophobia, a scientific property that makes chemicals averse to interaction with water, as well as an archaic name for rabies

Arachnophobia – fear of spiders

Astraphobia – fear of thunder and lightning

Atychiphobia – fear of failure

Autophobia – fear of being alone or isolated

Aviophobia, Aviatophobia – fear of flying

Blood-injection-injury type phobia – a DSM-IV subtype of specific phobias

Chaetophobia – fear of hair

Chemophobia - fear of chemicals

Chiroptophobia – fear of bats

Chronophobia - fear of time and time moving forward

Cibophobia, Sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous to Anorexia nervosa

Claustrophobia – fear of having no escape and being closed in

Coulrophobia – fear of clowns (not restricted to evil clowns)

Cyberphobia - fear of or aversion to computers / Learning new technologies

Decidophobia – fear of making decisions

Dentophobia, Odontophobia – fear of dentists and dental procedures

Descendophobia - fear or discomfort while descending stairs or down a hill

Disposophobia – fear of getting rid of or losing things - sometimes wrongly defined as "compulsive hoarding"

Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect

Ebulliophobia – fear of bubbles[disambiguation needed ]

Emetophobia – fear of vomiting

Ergasiophobia – fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon's fear of operating

Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning

Erotophobia – fear of sexual love or sexual abuse

Erythrophobia – pathological blushing

Friggatriskaidekaphobia, Paraskavedekatriaphobia, Paraskevidekatriaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th

Frigophobia - fear of becoming too cold

Gamophobia - fear of marriage, commitment

Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at

Gephyrophobia – fear of bridges

Genophobia, Coitophobia – fear of sexual intercourse

Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or aging

Gerontophobia – fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly

Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak

Gymnophobia – fear of nudity

Gynophobia – fear of women

Halitophobia – fear of bad breath

Haphephobia – fear of being touched

Heliophobia – fear of sunlight

Hemophobia, Haemophobia – fear of blood

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – fear of the number 666

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia - fear of long words

Hoplophobia – fear of weapons, specifically firearms (Generally a political term but the clinical phobia is also documented)

Homophobia - fear of homosexuals or of homosexual relationships; homophobic

Hydrophobia – fear of water, frequently noted as a common symptom of rabies

Hylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood

Hypnophobia or somniphobia - fear of sleep

Ichthyophobia – fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish

Ipovlopsychophobia - fear of having one’s photograph taken.

Lipophobia – fear/avoidance of fats in food

Mysophobia - fear of germs, contamination or dirt

Necrophobia – fear of death and/or the dead

Neophobia, Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty

Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact

Nosocomephobia – fear of hospitals

Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease

Nyctophobia, Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Scotophobia – fear of darkness

Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings and household appliances

Ombrophobia – fear of rain

Omphalophobia – fear of bellybuttons

Ophthalmophobia – fear of being stared at

Osmophobia, Olfactophobia – fear of bad odours

Panphobia – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause

Pediophobia - fear of dolls (a branch of automatonophobia: fear of humanoid figures)

Phagophobia – fear of swallowing

Pharmacophobia – fear of medications

Philophobia – fear of love

Phobophobia – fear of having a phobia

Phonophobia – fear of loud sounds

Pyrophobia – fear of fire

Pteromerhanophobia - fear of being on an airplane

 Radiophobia – fear of radioactivity or X-rays

Seismophobia - fear of earthquakes[3]

Sociophobia – fear of people or social situations

Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at

Somniphobia – fear of sleep

Spasmenagaliaphobia (neologism; no official name) – fear of broken glass[4]

Spectrophobia – fear of ghosts and phantoms

Stygiophobia – fear of Hell

Taphophobia, Taphephobia – fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive

Technophobia – fear of technology (see also Luddite)

Telephone phobia – fear or reluctance of making or taking phone calls

Tetraphobia – fear of the number 4

Thalassophobia – fear of the sea, or fear of being in the ocean

Thanatophobia – fear of death

Thermophobia - fear of heat

Tokophobia – fear of childbirth or pregnancy

Traumatophobia – a synonym for injury phobia: fear of having an injury

Trichophobia – a morbid disgust caused by the sight of loose hairs

Triskaidekaphobia, Terdekaphobia – fear of the number 13

Trypanophobia, Belonephobia, Enetophobia – fear of needles or injections

Turophobia – fear of cheese

Workplace phobia – fear of the workplace

Xanthophobia – fear of the colour yellow

Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens

Xylophobia, Hylophobia, Ylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood

Chances are you are being brave by looking at this page- yes, phobias can be irrational, and yes, maybe you have a spider phobia and cannot risk looking at the page because there may just be an image of a spider. We KNOW it is not logical to be scared of a computer image, but then phobias- or the way we behave with a phobia rarely put logic first.

Phobias are fears that are created through association to frightening situations; this can be a one off event or can be related to peers or parents fears or can even have a logical base- getting in an aeroplane really shouldn’t make sense! However, we can naturally be scared and move through the fear sensibly and rationally, but with a phobia we will totally avoid the situation at all costs and being rational or practical does not become a consideration; makes sense with aeroplanes to some degree but what about applying it to fear of buttons?!

Phobias are generally caused by an event recorded by the amygdala and hippocampus and labelled as deadly or dangerous.  But sometimes we can never remember the event although the fear remains

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Hi Andy,

I cannot thank you enough! Because of the work we did, I was finally able to relax and enjoy a holiday without the anxiety and stress of past years. We were located right in the middle of a jungle setting and there were birds aplenty both within the grounds and yes even in the restaurant!  This year however was totally different for me as I was able to stay calm and remain sitting without the need to run, by the end of the two weeks I was hardly even noticing them. My husband and friends were totally amazed, I could sense that they were waiting for me to panic and when this didnt happen they too were able to relax more which was a pleasure for us all! -