Phobia of heights is technically known as acrophobia. Many people experience fear of heights but not everyone develops a phobia. In order to assure that your fright doesn’t escalate into phobia, it is necessary to address your negative emotions on a subconscious level.
The first step is to determine how severe your phobia of heights really is. You may have the natural response of fear when faced with heights that lead to feelings of panic. As the condition progresses, you begin to avoid any situation that may involve high places.
Persistent thoughts of falling overwhelm you and you feel great anxiety on a regular basis. Gradually, you avoid leaving your home for fear of having a panic attack. The phobia of heights interferes with your daily life.
Traditionally, phobia of heights was attributed to negative experiences early in life. You may have had a narrow escape from a significant fall or some other unpleasant experience as a young child. You may have seen someone else fall from a high place. The basic belief was that conditioning was a factor in the development of this fear.
Fear of heights is now understood to be a non-associative fear. This type of fear is inborn as a naturally protective mechanism. We naturally feel negative emotions about high places and loud noises whether exposed to a traumatic event or not.
This natural fear can run wild in the psyche, developing into a phobia. This is when acrophobia enters you life, leaving you with excessive feelings of anxiety and panic. You may instinctively have fears of falling but these emotions become too much for you to handle.
People process motion and their positioning using various systems in the human body. For example, the proprioceptive system helps you maintain comfortable body positioning. The vestibular system helps you process motion. Some people may have an imbalance in the systems that can be the root of their fears.
The fear of heights may be biological or environmental but in either case, it is controllable.
Getting Help for Phobia of Heights
You may think that an instinctive reaction is beyond your control you can take control of your fear of heights with the right intervention. Self-hypnosis is ideal because it works to help you overcome thoughts that work on a subconscious level.
It is impossible to control every thought that comes into your head. Your mind can have tens of thousands of thoughts each day. The notion of consciously taking the reins on your thought processes is not going to yield great results. However, your subconscious mind can control thoughts and responses to situations automatically.
Changing Behavior through Vision
Self-hypnosis helps you use your imagination and vision to change your attitudes and behavior. As your subconscious mind is flooded with images that show the desired outcome, you become more apt to behave and think appropriately.
Your thought processes are the driving force behind your emotions and behaviors. Self-hypnosis gives you access to thoughts in your subconscious mind in order to overcome your phobia of heights.