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Acrophobia And Hypnotherapy

by Alan Densky

The fear of heights, known as acrophobia, is a very common phobia experienced by people of all ages. Studies have shown that to some extent, being afraid of heights is natural to many people and animals. What changes a normal fear of heights into a phobia is that the fear is so strong that it is considered irrational, or it gets in the way of a person's day-to-day activities. In an attempt to avoid heights, people with acrophobia are often forced to avoid balconies, tall buildings, and other common areas and situations. In some people, just thinking about heights can trigger a panic attack.

Acrophobia can be set off in any elevated area that could make someone feel uneasy. This includes roller coasters, ladders, rooftops, staircases, bridges, and multiple other situations we visit in our day-to-day lives. Many people with a phobia of heights may feel fine in some areas, like their own two-story home, but panic in other situations, such as when they are climbing up a ladder.

Acrophobia can cause very severe symptoms, including dizziness, fainting, shaking, sweating, anxiety attacks, nausea, and many others. Unlike some other common phobias, numerous people with acrophobia do not respond frantically but instead become "petrified" or frozen with fear. For example, a person might ascend a ladder, but suddenly feel they are too high up to climb down and become stuck this way.

Acrophobia can be especially crippling because sufferers often find themselves panicking in situations where they need to keep calm and rational in order to keep safe. People who find themselves in a high up place, such as the top of a ladder or a staircase, may suffer a panic attack which leads to injury. Or, a sufferer might start trembling so violently that they risk falling and getting hurt. It is thus important for people whose fear of heights could be harmful to get help for their condition.

In the past, treatments involved exposing a person to heights so they would be forced to "face their fear." This method proves stressful and unsuccessful for most. Other, more effective treatments include anti-anxiety medication and therapy. Hypnosis therapy is a particularly good option because it's safe, effective, and non-invasive.

Traditional hypnosis works by using post-hypnotic suggestions. In our society, this method often proves ineffective. In the world today, people are very independent minded and will resist post-hypnotic suggestions by unconsciously refusing their directions. Knowledgeable hypnotists now utilize more advanced Ericksonian hypnotherapy techniques to circumvent this obstacle.

Ericksonian hypnotherapy, as formulated by Dr. Milton Erickson, is a greatly enhanced form of hypnotherapy than conventional methods. It uses indirect suggestions hidden in conversation, stories, and metaphors to lead your unconscious mind into a different, phobia-free thought process. This works because it's much harder for the unconscious to reject suggestions placed in a dialogue, than direct suggestions that are obvious to the conscious mind.

A good hypnotherapy program will include a variety of different techniques to ensure it will work for all users. The combination of multiple Ericksonian hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques is ideal for nearly everybody trying to rid him or herself of a phobia.

The combined program starts with relaxation hypnosis. When your mind is calm and clear, NLP techniques can be applied to cure a phobia. All phobias stem from the same type of thought process, so all that is required is one hypnotherapy program with the correct design to vanquish any phobia, or even several phobias.

Summary: Many forms of therapy depend on conscious effort to resolve a phobia, but this often doesn't work because phobias are rooted the unconscious mind. The techniques in Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP are especially effective at curing phobias because they function at this unconscious level. Phobias are set off when the emotion of fear is unconsciously connected to a mental image, such as the view from a high point. By separating or disassociating the emotion of fear from the image, certain hypnosis and NLP techniques can permanently cure a phobia very rapidly.

Hypnosis therapy sessions can help a person rapidly and effortlessly conquer a phobia of heights. Hypnosis is among the safest kinds of phobia remedies ever designed, with no side effects. For people trying to beat acrophobia or any other anxiety disorder, hypnotherapy provides a well-balanced type of stress-free phobia treatment.

Alan B. Densky, CH has been treating irrational fears using Hypnotherapy since 1978. He offers how to overcome fear NLP & hypnosis CDs plus a broad range of Hypnotherapy CDs for stress & depression related symptoms. Visit his website for free hypnosis MP3's.

Published March 10th, 2010

Filed in Health, Psychology

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