PHOBIAS & HABITS
Do you have an intense fear of a particular object, situation or animal? – Do you go to great lengths to avoid an object, situation or animal? – When confronted with an object, situation or animal do you feel anxious, nervous or panicky? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ you may suffer from a phobia.
We all have fears whether it is flying, spiders, needles, height or even baked beans. The list is endless. Phobias however are just a behaviour we have picked up as we have progressed through life. Because we have learned this behaviour the only way to overcome a phobia is to un-learn this behaviour. Hypnotherapy can re-programme the way you think when coming across something you have a phobia of. Without the negative thoughts the phobia doesn’t materialise meaning you can be relaxed, happier and calmer and confident again. Of course, hypnosis is not mind control or a magic wand. You’ll need to commit to change and to put in some work between sessions. But remember that how you live is a choice, and making the new choice will get easier with time.
The role of the Conscious and Subconscious mind
The conscious mind is pretty simple to understand. It is your thinking mind. It is the part of your mind that you are using to read this right now. It is analytical, logical and intelligent. It is essentially the captain of your ship, taking in information, making decisions and delivering commands.
However… in order for these commands to take place, they must first get through to your subconscious mind. Which is great… because once they do get through, your subconscious mind loves to follow orders, loves to please, and loves to help your conscious mind (the captain) achieve its goals. There is one little hitch… You see, there is a barrier between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind known as the critical factor (some call this the gatekeeper), and this critical factor will not allow anything to pass through that doesn’t match up with what is already stored away as truth in your subconscious mind. So now, a little more about your subconscious mind.
Your subconscious mind is, perhaps, the greatest computer ever designed… Besides controlling and regulating your entire autonomic nervous system; that would be your heartbeat, your breathing, your organs, pretty much your entire bodily systems… all of your beliefs, thoughts, ideas and feelings are stored away in your subconscious mind. Everything you’ve ever seen, heard, thought or felt is stored away in your subconscious mind – even if your perception of what you’d seen, heard, thought or felt was incorrect… You see, unlike your conscious mind, your subconscious mind isn’t an intelligent mind, as in analytical, logical and investigative… therefore, your subconscious mind doesn’t understand humour, nor does it question anything that it’s given… it simply takes everything in as the absolute truth… and these absolute truths become your belief system.
Fortunately, none of us are stuck with our default programming and there are a number of tools available, including Hypnosis and to help reprogram our belief systems. With hypnosis, we temporarily move that gate that lies between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind aside, allowing the subconscious mind to be the dominate mind for the moment, free to absorb new improved ideas and free to let go of old worn out ideas and beliefs that no longer serve us. This is how we can reframe and change habits.
Systematic desensitization is a behavioural therapy that is used to help with anxiety and phobias to begin the process of systematic desensitization; one must first be taught relaxation skills in order to extinguish fear and anxiety responses to specific phobias. Once the individual has been taught these skills, he or she must use them to react towards and overcome situations in an established hierachy of fears. The goal of this process is that an individual will learn to cope and overcome the fear in each step of the hierarchy, which will lead to overcoming the last step of the fear in the hierarchy. Systematic desensitization is sometimes called graduated exposure therapy.Although the method is usually only visualisations, it’s the thoughts and association that actually control the fear not the object. Eg if you have a needle phobia you’re not actually scared of the needle, you’re scared of the feelings associated with the needle.