People have an instinctive fear of insects. There’s an evolutionary reason for this. Our bodies recoil at the sensation of tiny legs swarming over them, or tiny probosci feeling our skin. If they didn’t we’d have long died out. The human race would have succumbed to innumerable insect-borne illnesses. One of the evolutionary functions of bugs is to help spread small organisms. Bugs are the number one carriers of infection in the world.
Aversion Turns To Phobia
However, for many people, trouble begins when their natural aversion to creepy crawlers turns into a full-blown phobia of insects. A phobia is an intense, pervasive, irrational reaction of panic in response to a particular trigger or stimulus (in this case, bugs). People who suffer from this kind of reaction to little critters that fly and crawl find themselves leading lives of terror. For these unfortunate individuals, picnics pr relaxing walks through the woods are often ruined by the sight of harmless bumblebees. For these people, there aren’t any quiet days of reading at home–not if they see a spider making a web in some out-of-the-way corner.
Fear Ruins Lives
In extreme cases, people who suffer from insect phobia refuse to go outside altogether, for fear of encountering the loathed creatures. Others find themselves unable to go to sleep, as insects will begin to haunt their nightmares. Some people are so consumed by their fears that they imagine that insects are crawling all over their bodies the moment they lie down in their beds. This is a phenomenon known as formication (from the Latin root for the word “ant”). There have been reports of emergency room patients who have shredded their own skin to ribbons, trying to scratch away at imaginary bugs.
You must seek help. If you have an irrational terror of bugs, don’t let it progress to this point. Fortunately, there are a number of techniques out there that can help you reduce (or even altogether cure) your phobia.
Cure Your Fear Of Insects With NLP And Hypnotherapy
Among the most powerful techniques to overcome your phobia are hypnotherapy and NLP (which stands for “neuro-linguistic programming”). These powerful, irrational fears often work like a simple computer program, embedded deep within your mind. Ordinary, conscious thought processes (such as when you’re, say, trying to figure out what you think of a novel you just read) work in a complicated way. Each conscious thought process is a different and unique progression of thoughts and neurological impulses. By contrast, irrational phobic reactions are usually comprised of just one pattern of thought, repeated each time you see whatever triggers the phobic reaction.
What You Will Learn
NLP can teach you to recognize the unconscious pattern of thought that leads to fear. The NLP therapist doesn’t care why you think this way. He or she only cares about teaching you to recognize these thoughts. Having learned to do this, you can learn to use a combination of NLP and hypnotherapy techniques to replace these unproductive, irrational fearful thoughts with more rational ones. In this way, these powerful techniques can help you conquer your fear of insects and begin to lead a normal life.