How to Overcome Phobias

A phobia, from a Greek word “phóbos means “fear”, is an irrational, intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people. The main symptom is the excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared stimulus. Generally, when the fear is beyond one’s control and is interfering with daily life, we call it a phobia.

How a phobia works.

It is possible that phobias are locked into brain 1(Primitive) and operate from there at a core level. This part of the brain is pretty crude and basic in its responses to the world. It is concerned with such things as survival, flight or fight, self preservation and territorial/spacial boundaries.

Phobias work the same way for us as Pavlov’s dogs. Some biological response has been tied to some “trigger” or stimulus (usually a result of some emotionally charged incident.) This stimulus can be just thinking about something. For example the way a person thinks about being in closed space can have profound effects on his biology. These feelings can cause the triggering of a variety of feelings-including fear and panic.

Facts about removing phobias

• Removing a phobia is about dis-abling fear associated with a situation, activity, things animals or people. The aim of

• A phobia is a Nominalisation of behaviour. It is the behaviour associated with the phobia that you want to get rid of.

• Remember that Fear is an essential emotion designed to keep us safe because a bit of healthy fear is all that is needed most of the time.

• When you focus on your phobia, you lose control of your life, rather your phobias will. Remember that what you focus on gets bigger.

• If we talk to someone about our phobias, we will be able to get rid of it. Do not do it alone.

• Pre verbal reaction- children learn to fear when they are young/babies from their parents.

• Our brains associate phobias with something else. Such as fear of conflict can be associated with growing up within a violent home.

• People get phobic reactions because they do not have enough information- how do you generate information?

Questions to help you dig up the root the origin of the phobia you have.

• How old were you when you decided that?

• What is it about your phobia that you want to change?

• What is associated with that behaviour?

Remember that phobic reactions are experiences that can be reframed.