It isn’t surprising that many people have a deep-seated fear of moths. Something about the way the ragged, soft wings of these creatures flap so slowly as they circle through the air can appear nightmarish to many people. The way that moths’ bodies are soft and easily crush into a kind of paste can make many people panic. The moth flies slowly and makes a very visible silhouette when it lands. Plus, moths fly in seemingly arbitrary circles, and appear to make no attempt to avoid humans. Something about that dark shape triggers a primal reaction in many individuals: the fear of the living non-sentience of nature. Often, people with a general phobia of insects have a specific terror of moths, those dark, little-understood cousins of butterflies.
Typical Cures For Moth Phobia
What should you do if your aversion reaches the level of an obsession–where you not only run out of the room when you see a moth, but constantly feel pursued by imaginary moths, or can no longer live in your house during the summer because dark, slow, winged creatures are always flying in from outside? Most people whose suffering reaches this point go into traditional therapy to try cure their phobia.
Traditional therapy involves delving into your past in the company of a trained psychologist. Over the course of long conversations (perhaps aided by hypnosis), you’ll try to find the early incidents that have shaped your brain such that it enters “panic mode” whenever you see a moth. Maybe you were chasing after one of these creatures and were unexpectedly stung by a bee. Or maybe you were just thoughtful, sensitive, and imaginative as a child, and started getting nightmares about moths because these creatures are inherently scary.
Why Traditional Therapy Might Not Work
These methods of curing your phobia may not work, simply because it’s possible that there was no one, clearly defined traumatic incident that caused it. It is true that, a very skilled therapist can talk you out of your phobia even if there wasn’t an obvious cause. However, this process can take a long time, and is far from guaranteed.
A More Effective Shortcut To Overcoming Fear Of Moths
Fortunately, there’s a shortcut to overcoming phobias, one that has been discovered by studying the techniques of some of the world’s most effective therapists. That shortcut is through a system called NLP, which stands for neuro-linguistic programming. NLP works quickly because it circumvents the need to discover your phobia’s roots in the past. Instead, it focuses on your present.
How NLP Helps
NLP works so well because most phobias are conditioned responses. Pavlov’s dogs always had the same instinctive reaction when they heard the ringing of a bell. Similarly, the phobia sufferer always has the same instinctive reaction when he or she sees the triggers of his or her anxiety. The panicked thoughts follow a clear, unvarying pattern.
What NLP does is teach your unconscious mind new thought patterns. With the help of NLP, you will learn to isolate and recognize the irrational reaction in yourself. Then, using a combination of NLP and hypnotherapy techniques, you will learn to retrain your mind to form new associations. So, for example, instead of associating moths with panic, you will learn to associate them with calmness and joy. In this way, you will easily be able to cure your fear of moths.