Overcoming Fears and Phobias

If you have a fear or phobia controlling your life imagine how you life would change if you could overcome it once and for all.

What kind of things would you be able to do if you left this fear or phobia behind forever?

Fears

What is fear?

According to an online dictionary a fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”

Fears are natural. Some fears keep you safe.

For example, a fear of rattlesnakes will prevent you from seeing a rattlesnake and trying to go and pet it (unless you belong to some type of snake worshipping cult).

Phobias

On the other hand, a phobia is defined as “a persistent, extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.”

Phobias are not natural. They do not keep you safe.

Types of Phobias

Some phobias are a fear of something specific such as flying or driving. You can also have a social phobia that causes you to feel anxious in social situations.

Some examples of specific phobias are the fear of Rabbits known as Leporiphobia or the fear of snakes known as Ophidiophobia.

Social phobias would be a fear of giving a speech known as Glossophobia, the fear of meeting new people known as Anthropophobia, the intense fear and anxiety of any place or situation where escape might be difficult also known as Agoraphobia, or even the fear of talking to the boss sometimes known as Bossophobia (I’m not sure if this is a real word).

How Are People Affected by Phobias?

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Most Fears and Phobias begin in Childhood

A phobia usually begins in childhood and continues into adulthood. They are fairly common occurrences.

Of Americans over 18, it is estimated that about 19.2 million have some kind of specific phobia, 15 million have some kind of social phobia and 1.8 million have Agoraphobia.

Phobias such as Acrophobia or the fear of heights, if left untreated, can be paralyzing, because it can prevent a person from working on the even the second floor of a building or unable to cross a footbridge over a road.

Social phobias can be disabling preventing a person from being able to meet a possible mate or advance in the workplace.

No matter what the phobia is, if you are being affected by one it can stop you from enjoying any part of your life at all.

Fears and phobias are all housed in your subconscious mind.

Your Subconscious Mind

Your subconscious mind controls your automatic behaviors. These are learned behaviors that psychologists call heuristics or shortcuts.

These shortcuts are the way you automatically behave in certain situations.

For example you don’t think about how to brush your teeth you just grab your toothbrush and brush them.

When you drive you get into your car you take off and then drive to your destination, sometimes without even remembering the drive.

Your subconscious mind has been programmed to do nearly everything you do on a regular basis – automatically. It has stored habitual thought patterns that help you respond to common situations quickly, so you don’t have to think about them.

These types of behaviors are helpful because if you really had to think about many of the things you do automatically during the day you might never get anything done.

A Problem Shortcut

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Do You Feel Overwhelmed by a Fear or Phobia?

This automatic behavior is a result of eons of evolution. It was designed to keep you safe from an attacking saber toothed tiger or a marauding tribe of raiders.

Today your fight or flight gets activated in situations that are not so life threatening. For example, if the fight or flight response gets activated when you go into a close space you respond with heightened anxiety.

If your subconscious mind makes this response into a heuristic you now have Claustrophobia, the persistent fear of being in small spaces.

The problem with this is it happens automatically. It seems like you have no control over how you feel.

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Stop Living in Fear!

A phobia can take control of your life.

Start Living the Life You Deserve!

Regain control of your life once and for all.

Stop living in fear and enjoy the life of your dreams!

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What is Anxiety?
How Can Anxiety Negatively Effect Your Life
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7 Tips to Stop Anxiety In It’s Tracks
Forgetting Criticism
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