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NLP As A Treatment For Claustrophobia

by Alan Densky

People with claustrophobia have fears associated with small spaces or areas where it may be hard to exit quickly, for example, airplanes, elevators or trains. Some people even feel claustrophobic inside MRI medical scanners. Due to their feelings, people with claustrophobia try to stay away from small places. Sufferers also tend to sit close to doorways or along the walls of a room, versus being in the center. Claustrophobic people often have panic attacks when they begin to feel "stuck" or enclosed. For many people, being in a confined area is as terrifying as the thought of being buried alive.

Suffering a panic attack in a crowded space can be a frightening incident for claustrophobic people and those surrounding them. At the moment when a person's claustrophobia is triggered, they may experience panic attacks, difficulty breathing, nausea, fainting, and other, often intense, responses. A person can become claustrophobic at any time or due to a traumatic event, but it often begins at an early age.

Claustrophobia may be activated by many different situations, which may differ from person to person. For instance, some claustrophobic people may only feel panicky while riding an elevator, while other people find large crowds aggravate their condition. In any event, claustrophobia and other irrational fears tend to negatively affect people's lives and happiness. Phobia sufferers may become avoidant and experience a lower quality of life as they focus their lives around their fears.

For many sufferers, the fear of humiliation or embarrassment over their phobia is as difficult as the the phobic condition itself. Many people recognize that their feelings are overblown and irrational, but cannot seem to maintain their composure. The reason for this is because phobias arise from deep within the unconscious mind, which no amount of conscious willpower can fully control. This makes treating phobias especially challenging.

Claustrophobia is usually relieved by anti-anxiety drugs or counseling. Hypnosis is an ideal, non-invasive, safe form of therapy with no harmful side effects. It works by pinpointing the root causes of fear in the unconscious mind to quickly cure a phobia. Specifically, a system that uses Ericksonian hypnotic therapy techniques and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) can be used to treat a phobia. This incredible program uses a variety of techniques to help people beat their fears.

The first step in curing a phobia is helping the phobia sufferer become relaxed and anxiety-free. Hypnosis techniques have traditionally been used as a form of relaxation therapy, to allow people to clear their minds and calm down.

Conventional hypnosis techniques have used direct, post-hypnotic suggestions to help cure phobias. The disadvantage of the direct approach is that the mind tends to resist being simply "told" what to think. Many people throw up mental blocks ignore suggestions. In today's society, men and women are especially likely to resist direct suggestions since we are mostly independent people who question authority.

Calm and focused relaxation is the basis of hypnotherapy. In the calm state, instead of using direct post-hypnotic suggestions, a different approach named systematic desensitization can often help eliminate a phobia through visual cues.

Ericksonian hypnosis techniques use a more refined approach than traditional techniques. It uses indirect suggestions embedded in fascinating stories and metaphors to engage the unconscious mind and convince it to adopt a desirable, phobia-free line of thought. Since indirect suggestions do not need to be specifically worded for a specific phobia like direct post-hypnotic suggestions do, one good Ericksonian hypnotic therapy program will work to successfully eliminate any phobia or even more than one phobia.

NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, is an innovative form of therapy that several well trained hypnotherapists have begun to use. The most effective NLP technique for beating a phobia is known as the Visual - Kinesthetic Disassociation, also referred to as the V/K. The V/K is called the single session phobia cure, and for good reason. Irrational or panic reactions (attacks) take place because traumatic experiences are associated with and aggravated by mental images. With the V/K, the stressful experiences are disassociated from the mental images - often in only one session, and the phobia is essentially eliminated.

People struggling with claustrophobia can attain rapid relief with hypnosis. The use of Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP techniques will help all people beat their fears. Hypnosis therapy has helped countless sufferers feel safe and secure in situations where earlier, they would have suffered a breakdown. The techniques of hypnosis have provided incredible benefits for sufferers of phobias and continue to change lives each and every day.

Alan B. Densky, CH has pioneered several hypnotic methods for the cure of fears and phobias based on NLP and Ericksonian hypnosis. Learn more at his Neuro-VISION hypnotherapy website using his Free research library and video research library.

Published February 8th, 2010

Filed in Health, Psychology

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