Anxiety is brought on by your thoughts of what’s to come. It’s that feeling of apprehension and fear you experience (even though there’s no real threat) before an event, or when you’re overly concerned about your performance and outcome. Feeling anxious before an exam, getting in front of an audience, going on a date etc., is normal. Anxiety becomes a problem if it prevents you from doing the things you want to do.
Fear is a healthy emotion. Healthy fear warns us to avoid dangerous situations. Fears can be classified as rational or irrational. Rational fear is our healthy fear. Irrational fear, on the other hand, is debilitating. Its impact makes every day living challenging. Irrational fears keep some people from enjoying the simplest things in life – going to a movie, hanging out with friends and the like. Irrational fears can keep you from living up to your potential.
Many of the clients I helped with hypnosis, in Tarzana and the San Fernando Valley, have the same common fears and anxieties. Including but not limited to:
Performance (acting, sexual, sports)
Animals (I was afraid of dogs because of an incident that happened to me when I was 9 or 10 years old)
Public speaking (more people are afraid of this than dying. Read more here)
What is the difference between fear and anxiety?
The difference between fear and anxiety is that anxiety is not the response to any real or immediate threat but an anticipation of something unpleasant that could happen in the future.
Rational fear happens when there is danger. An irrational fear is a fear of something, someone, or a situation that doesn’t present a threat. Irrational fears that increase in severity become phobias.
What is a phobia?
A phobia is fear and anxiety in overdrive. A person reacts, without control or reason, to unknown and irrational factors. The Law of Association plays an important role in creating and intensifying your fears and phobias.
One of my clients became fearful of losing control while driving the freeway in Los Angeles. One evening on a dark stretch of the freeway, the the high beam headlights from a car going in the opposite direction temporarily impaired her vision. She panicked, became anxious, took the first exit, and drove the streets home. She developed several fears – fear of driving on freeways, fear of driving at night, fear of bright lights, and a fear of going blind.
Names of 13 common phobias
1. Arachnophobia: The fear of spiders.
2. Acrophobia: The fear of heights.
3. Agoraphobia: The fear of situations in which escape is difficult.
4. Astraphobia: The fear of thunder and lightning.
5. Claustrophobia: fear of closed places.
6. Cynophobia: The fear of dogs.
7. Mysophobia: The fear of germs or dirt.
8. Ophidiophobia: The fear of snakes.
9. Pteromerhanophobia: The fear of flying.
10. Social Phobias: The fear of social situations.
11.Trypanophobia: The fear of injections.
12. Xenophobia: fear of strangers.
13. Zoophobia: fear of animals.
Find a list of phobias from a-z here
Phobias, irrational fears and overwhelming anxiety can keep you from achieving your goals and living a productive and happy life. Some fears are part of your subconscious response, accepted as your reality before you had conscious reasoning or rational thinking. The effects of fears can be both physiological and psychological.
I can help you take back your life.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful, effective tool for anxiety, fears and phobias. You’ll experience changes after a few sessions. Hypnosis will help you to control your emotions. You’ll live a peaceful, happy, productive life doing the things YOU want to do instead of avoiding them.
Contact me for your free consultation http://www.hypnosistarzana.com/free-consultation/. You don’t have to live in Tarzana or San Fernando Valley; I’ve helped clients in other states and countries, as well.
Contact me today and take back your life.
Adalia John Cht
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