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What is a phobia?

A phobia is an irrational fear of an animal, object or situation that would not normally trouble most people. Phobias are very common and wide-ranging, affecting approximately 10% of the population. Some common phobias:

  • Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia)
  • Fear of Snakes (Ophidophobia)
  • Fear of Dogs
  • Fear of Enclosed Spaces (Claustrophobia)
  • Fear of Heights (Acrophobia/Vertigo)
  • Fear of Dentists
  • Fear of Needles
  • Fear of Flying
  • Fear of Vomiting (Emetophobia)
  • Fear of Open Spaces
  • Social Phobia

An estimated 10 million in this country alone have a phobia - they are the most common type of anxiety disorder in the UK.

What causes phobias?

No one is born with a phobia. The individual has learned to do something that is dysfunctional, in response to an external stimulus. A phobia is normally a good example of one-trial learning. You get stuck in a lift or bitten by a dog, and the mind in order to protect itself, sets up a massive fear response in relation to anything that reminds you of the original incident. It's known as an over-generalisation, and assumes that all dogs, lifts etc are the same.

Eliminating phobias

Phobias are something that you learn. They can therefore be unlearned. It's simply a matter of reprogramming your mind. The majority of phobias are pretty straight forward and can be eliminated in one or two sessions. There's no good reason for people to be phobic - the tools to deal with them are available and extremely effective. I can help you face your fears and overcome your phobia for good.