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Acrophobia And NLP

by Alan Densky

The fear of heights, also known as acrophobia, is a common phobia experienced by men and women of all walks of life. In fact, researchers suggest that to a certain extent, being afraid of heights is natural to most people and animals. What changes a normal fear of heights into a phobia is that the fear is so strong that it is seen as irrational, or it interferes with a person's daily life. In an attempt to avoid heights, individuals with acrophobia often avoid tall buildings, balconies, and other frequently encountered areas and situations. In some people, the simple thought of heights can trigger a panic attack.

Acrophobia can be triggered in any elevated location that makes a person feel anxious. This includes ladders, staircases, rooftops, roller coasters, bridges, and many other places we visit in daily life. Some individuals with a phobia of heights may feel safe in some areas, like their own balcony, but feel scared in other areas, such as when they are climbing up a ladder.

The fear of heights can cause very intense symptoms, including anxiety attacks, nausea, dizziness, fainting, shaking, sweating, and several others. Unlike some other common phobias, numerous individuals with acrophobia do not respond frantically but instead become "petrified" or frozen with fear. For example, a person might climb a ladder, but suddenly feel they are too high up to get down and become trapped in this manner.

The phobia of heights can be especially debilitating because sufferers may find themselves panicking in situations where they must remain calm and collected in order to remain safe. People who find themselves in a high up place, such as the top of a ladder or a staircase, may suffer an anxiety attack resulting in physical injury. Or, a person might start shaking so hard that they risk falling and getting hurt. It is thus important for people whose fear of heights is potentially dangerous to get treatment for their condition.

Past treatments included repeatedly exposing a patient to heights so they would be forced to "confront their fear." This approach proves stressful and ineffective for most. Other, more successful treatments include anti-anxiety medication and counseling. Hypnosis therapy is a particularly good option because it is effective, safe, and non-invasive.

Conventional hypnosis works by using post-hypnotic suggestions. In modern times, this method is often ineffective. Today, people tend to be independent thinkers and will resist direct suggestions by unconsciously refusing their directions. Skilled hypnotherapists now utilize more advanced Ericksonian hypnotherapy techniques to avoid this issue.

Ericksonian hypnotherapy, as developed by Dr. Milton Erickson, is a greatly improved mode of hypnotherapy than conventional methods. It makes use of indirect suggestions embedded in metaphors, stories, and conversation to lead the unconscious into a different, phobia-free thought process. This is effective because it is far harder for the unconscious to resist suggestions planted in a dialogue, than post-hypnotic suggestions that are obvious to the conscious mind.

A well-designed hypnosis therapy program combines a multitude of different techniques to ensure it will work for all users. The combination of many Ericksonian hypnosis therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques is ideal for virtually everybody trying to beat a phobia.

The combined program opens with a relaxation therapy session. Once you feel calm and clear, NLP techniques can be applied to eliminate a phobia. All phobias stem from the same type of thought process, so all that is required is a single hypnosis phobia program with the correct design to cure any phobia, or even more than one phobia.

Summary: Many types of therapy rely on conscious effort to resolve a phobia, but this often does not work because phobias are rooted deep within the unconscious mind. The techniques in Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP are especially good at treating phobias because they work at the unconscious level of the mind. Phobias are triggered when the emotion of fear is unconsciously linked to mental imagery, such as looking down from a high point. By separating or disconnecting the feeling of anxiety from the image, certain hypnotic and NLP techniques can permanently cure an anxiety disorder very rapidly.

Hypnosis therapy sessions can help an individual quickly and effortlessly conquer a phobia of heights. Hypnosis therapy is among the safest forms of phobia treatments ever designed, with no side effects. For men and women trying to overcome the fear of heights or any other phobia, hypnotherapy offers a well-balanced form of stress-free phobia relief.

Alan B. Densky, CH has been curing irrational fears using NLP since 1978. He offers panic attacks NLP & hypnosis MP3s plus a broad range of Hypnosis stress and depression MP3s. Visit his website for free hypnotism articles.

Published September 16th, 2010

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