Overcome Fear With Hypnosis

How to Overcome a Fear Using Hypnosis

Nelson Mandela said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” This article is about conquering fear by utilising the scientific principles of hypnosis. Fear is one of mankind’s most basic survival strategies. Our hunter-gatherer forefathers learned that there were many events that could create pain, suffering or even death. Often a quick response to a given stimulus was the difference between life and death. There needed to be an automatic and instantaneous reaction to threatening situations. Those people that learned to fear certain things or events lived long enough to pass their genes on to us. Overcoming fear requires us to determine if it is useful or irrational. It is also beneficial to understand the nature of fear.

Emotional vs. Physical Fear

Fear is felt at the emotional level. Feelings of worry, anxiety, panic, and depression are emotional responses. Your physiology responds as well. Physical changes occur as our bodies prepare us to run, fight or play dead. Breathing may become short in order to pump oxygen to the muscles, the blood may rush from your face so if you are cut, you will not bleed. Adrenalin will quickly flow to your muscles supercharging them with energy and vigor. These responses are mutually reinforcing. The stronger the emotional response, the more powerful the physiological one. The greater the physiological reaction, the more severe the emotional one. These responses are forcefully implanted into your primitive or subconscious mind.

Fear and the Law of Association

If as a child you were bitten by a dog, you may understandably be frightened by dogs, the growl, bark or even the fur of the creature. Perhaps shortly after this event, you visited a zoo at which time, a lion growled at you. You may develop a fear of any animal with fur, in fact, you could become afraid of fur itself or even fur like synthetic fabrics. Obviously, fearing a lion or a growling dog are rational fears. However, a synthetic rug is not. You probably understand this on an intellectual level, but that fear has been driven deeply and powerfully into your unconscious mind.

At Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast, I will guide you through a relaxing induction which will enable you to get in touch with your unconscious mind. He can help you create pleasant imagery, such as you playing with loving and gentle puppies. Gradually the puppy can grow in your mind’s eye until it is a full grown, sweet and affectionate animal. Later you can follow those images by actually petting a kind dog. Furry animals no longer create emotional distress. You will have triumphed over your fear through the use of hypnosis.

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