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Got An Irrational Fear Of Spiders? You Can Beat It

by Alan B. Densky, CH

Although it is typical for all people to experience some fears, having a phobia is a more serious issue. A phobia is an extreme fear that one can't seem to control. Phobias are categorized as a type of anxiety disorder, and often trigger nervousness and panic attacks in a sufferer. When someone has a phobia, they grow so determined to get away from their fear that it affects their daily lives and their ability to enjoy life.

Among the most common phobias are arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, acrophobia, the fear of heights, and claustrophobia, a fear of enclosed spaces. The number one most common phobia is arachnophobia. While lots of people are afraid of spiders, people with arachnophobia have an abnormal amount of fear. Even a photo or realistic rendering of a spider can make some arachnophobes distressed. Some arachnophobes have panic attacks or panic at the sight of a spider. They might do anything in order to get away from a spider; for example, people with serious arachnophobia might attempt to jump out of a moving car if they see a spider near them.

Sufferers often feel humiliated by their uncontrollable reactions. Other people and even the sufferers themselves often see their behavior as irrational. Their anxiety over spiders and their reaction to arachnids may cause other problems as well. Arachnophobia and other phobias may lead to another phobia called agoraphobia.

Agoraphobia may arise when a person is afraid of being in any potentially stressful place or situation. For someone with arachnophobia, this could mean avoiding any area a spider could be living, unfamiliar places, and even resisting leaving the house or going outdoors altogether. This can negatively interfere with a person's life. A person may fear having panic attacks or humiliating him or herself by losing control. Many people find themselves constantly stressed over these concerns.

People with phobias frequently struggle with the inability to control their fears. The truth is the root of the problem lies in the unconscious mind; so conscious willpower or effort does not work to control a serious phobia. A phobia is most effectively dealt with at the unconscious level, which is why Ericksonian hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques are the most effective phobia treatments.

There are multiple different programs available for treating phobias. Most utilize older forms of hypnosis that depend on post-hypnotic suggestions with very exact wording to work against phobias. In this day and age, post-hypnotic suggestions often don't work because our generation has a tendency to question and analyze everything. And since today's generation tends to do the opposite of what they are told, post-hypnotic suggestions do not work and they experience an entirely conflicting response.

Ericksonian hypnosis differs from traditional hypnotherapy because it uses indirect suggestions that are hidden in conversation. This makes them hard for the conscious mind to reject, so they will usually make it through to the unconscious level and be accepted.

The typical procedure begins by using hypnotherapy to make you feel completely relaxed and calm. Then, instead of merely "telling" your unconscious what to do, Ericksonian techniques use metaphors and stories to steer your mind into a phobia-free thought process.

NLP treatments work by affecting the particular thought process that generates an irrational phobia and using it to eliminate the fear. Because of this, NLP can be used on any phobia.

People respond better to the combination of NLP and Ericksonian techniques than to conventional hypnosis because instead of hearing direct commands, the unconscious mind is persuaded to follow a different, more logical line of thought. These programs are most effective for people who are logical, critical thinkers and people who think independently.

You do not need a unique hypnosis program for each different phobia. One program that includes multiple sessions containing the ideal combination of Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP techniques can treat any phobia. Additionally, a well-designed program will work for anyone. The combination of different techniques in several different sessions ensures success for each and every individual who uses them. By completing each step of the program, people often amaze themselves at how easily they beat their phobias.

Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP focus on turning irrational fears and behaviors into rational, calm responses. For many individuals struggling with crippling fears such as arachnophobia, this is a life-changing therapy. Hypnotherapy is an effective tool for beating anxieties and fears to live a fuller, happier life.

Alan B. Densky, CH has developed many hypnotherapeutic methods for treating irrational fears. His authority site offers a thorough hypnotherapy article library devoted to every aspect of NLP and self-hypnosis. Visit for Free self-hypnosis videos, downloads, and newsletters.

Published July 29th, 2008

Filed in Help, Psychology

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