Hypnosis Can Play a Role in Overcoming Fearsprint friendly version
September 2, 2009
Many people have fears and phobias that can interfere with their ability to lead a normal life. Most fears and phobias develop due to traumatic experiences and are thus mostly psychological. Researchers also believe that genetics and our brain chemistry also contribute to the development of phobias. A natural treatment that has been shown to help people overcome their fears is hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is an easy and quick method for releasing even deep-rooted fears.
According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have shown that people oftentimes have the same fear as their parents. This is due to observing fear in a parent or relative. Phobias also manifest due to individual experiences. Symptoms of phobias can range from mild to severe. Many people experience anxiety, avoidance, feelings of powerlessness, sweating, and rapid heartbeat. There are natural treatments available to help people overcome their fears, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and hypnotherapy.
Chihara-Want says that fears are often buried deeply inside people and caused by earlier experiences or an association. It is estimated that 90% of adults have a fear that interferes with their life in some way. Some people know what event or experience triggered their fear while others have no recollection. Whether someone remembers the experience that caused their fear or if they do not remember, hypnotherapy can help eliminate the fear. Hypnosis allows a person to access repressed memories during a hypnosis session. The hypnotherapist can then help them eliminate negative associations and replace them with positive ones.
Densky also promotes the use of hypnosis to eliminate fears. He says that hypnosis directly targets stress and anxiety and can help remove phobias. Our thoughts and feelings in relation to our fears cause anxiety, but it does not have to be that way. Hypnosis targets the fear and the stress and anxiety that the fear causes and reprograms the subconscious mind to get rid of the negative association. One of the many positive aspects of hypnosis is that it does not have any side effects. Many doctors prescribe medication to cover up the symptoms of fears without eliminating the actual fear. Hypnosis is a safe and natural method of treatment that gets rid of phobias permanently and quickly.
Hypnotherapy works by targeting negative thoughts and emotions in relation to a fear whether those memories are repressed or remembered. Few forms of therapy have the ability to do this. Also, hypnosis is natural with no side effects and eliminates the symptoms of the fear quickly. Eliminating fears can have a positive impact on many lives.
Steve G. Jones, M.Ed., citizen journalist
- Chihara-Want, Y. Can hypnotherapy help get rid of my fears?
- Densky, A.B. (2008). Hypnotherapy can eliminate anxiety and stress so you can relax.
- "phobias," MayoClinic.com.