Fears and Phobias

“What you resist persists.” Carl Jung

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, which is a persistent, irrational fear of situations, objects, activities, people or places.

Phobias are usually an emotional response to a difficult lifetime experience. Often they occur when fear produced by a threatening situation is transferred to other similar situations, while the original fear is frequently repressed or forgotten.

This is the reason why even though people know that their phobia is irrational, they feel powerless to override their panic reaction and as a result, avoid the object of their fear. The fear of heights may come from an earlier childhood experience from falling from a swing, for example.

There are three main categories of phobias:

1. Specific Phobias

These are the fear of a single specific panic trigger such as spiders, dogs, water, heights, flying, catching a specific illness etc. The person will avoid the situation they fear.

2. Social Phobias

These phobias are based around the fear of other people or social situations such as performance anxiety.

3. Agoraphobia

This is a generalised fear of leaving home or a small familiar safe area and of the possible panic attacks that might follow. It may also be caused by fear of open space or fear of contamination related to a trauma that occurred outdoors.

The key to successful treatment is for the person to identify when the phobia first started and to follow this with understanding and healing.

After that, the irrational responses will subside as the person will have a feeling of being in control. The Realignment Therapy has outstanding results for phobias.

Free yourself from phobias!