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Phobia  noun : An intense, irrational fear. (from the Greek: φόβος, Phóbos, meaning “fear” or “morbid fear”)

As its definition suggests, and as most phobia sufferers know, a phobia is an irrational fear.  But that irrationality, and knowing it to be irrational, does not stop the symptoms from causing significant distress to the sufferer, often causing them to be unable to live life as they might wish.  I knew one person whose phobia of spiders was so severe that they were unable to use the bathroom unless someone else was able to check it for spiders first – you can imagine how much of a pain that was for all concerned.  (Incidentally, arachnophobia is the most common phobia around, affecting up to 50% of women and 10% of men.)  Or the person so afraid of dentists that they are unable to have their teeth treated until it is to late.

What causes phobias?

Generally (although not always) phobias are learned responses to events which happen to use when we are much younger.  The event (or series of events) may be long since forgotten by us consciously, but the effects remain.
Consider a young child, out an about quietly enjoying themselves, when this big dog comes bounding up to them, as dogs often do, wanting nothing more than to play.  To the small child this high monster is terrifying, so they react the only way they know how – they get frightened, they scream and shout and cry.  Their parents, union seeing this, react instinctively and shout at the dog to chase it away, reinforcing in the young child’s mind that this was a dangerous situation with a scary monster and they were right to panic.  And due to the intensity of the experience, that reaction becomes a learned response which is triggered each time they see a dog in the future – it triggers those feelings of terror and panic and helplessness and thus their cynophobia (to use the technical term for fear of dogs) is born.

Can they be cured?

Short answer – yes.

Longer answer – in days gone they were often treated by gradually introducing the sufferer to the object of their phobia in a controlled manner to attempt to desensitise them, with varying degrees of success.  Another common approach was to spend many many months of therapy to enable them to cope with the symptoms, the result being that they could handle the symptoms (just about) after some months, but they still had the phobia.

These days we are fortunate enough to have some much more modern and powerful tools which can help the person to not only unlearn their phobia but to also learn new and more powerful responses instead, all within a single session.

Keith has specialised in helping many people already to overcome their phobias and to go on to lead lives freed from those constraints, and if you have a phobia then he would be happy to work with you to help you to overcome it.  This can be done in the comfort of your own home via Skype, please contact us if you are interested o curious and would like to discuss it further.