A Quick Phobia Cure
According to experts, around 15-20% of us will display phobic behaviour or have a particular phobia at some time. A phobia is defined as an extreme or irrational fear or aversion to something. Some of the most common phobias according to a recent survey, are: Hemophobia (fear of blood), Nyctophobia (fear of darkness), Pteromerhanophobia (fear of flying), Trypanophobia (fear of needles) and Arachnophobia (fear of spiders). A recent survey revealed that younger people were more likely to have a fear of spiders or public speaking where as older people were more likely to have a fear of flying or snakes.
Use Your Imagination
Try this exercise to try and reduce your phobic tendencies. This is a process that originated many years ago but is still used by therapists today. I have personally used this on friends to reduce or in some cases, totally wipe out a phobia. You can either do these steps yourself, or get someone to read them out to you. Really close your eyes and imagine this as vividly as you can. The more real and emotive you make the experience, the more likely it is to work.
Step 1. Think of the biggest phobia in your life.
Step 2. Imagine walking into an empty cinema and sitting down about half way back in the middle as if you’re preparing to watch a movie.
Step 3. Although it might be uncomfortable, imagine watching yourself on the screen involved in the particular thing that you are phobic of, for example being on a turbulent flight or encountering a huge Tarantula.
Step 4. Now imagine floating out of your body and up to the projection room.
Step 5. Run the phobia film again but this time, imagine being high up in the projector room, watching yourself watching the screen, therefore disassociating yourself from the film.
Step 6. Near the end of the film, pause it, and make it black and white. Now watch it backwards to the beginning while still watching from above. Now watch it again forwards in black and white. Rewind it at double the speed and fast forward it to the end. All while watching from above.
Step 7. Now step into the actual film and imagine the whole experience at triple the speed both forwards and backwards with carnival or cartoon music playing. (or the Benny Hill theme seems to work quite well!)
Step 8. Now imagine stepping out of the film and sitting back in your original seat and make the whole screen go blank.
Step 9. Repeat steps 5 – 8 a couple of times.
Well, that’s it. I hope this was of some use. If it manages to help one person, then it was worth writing. And for those of you who had no luck, don’t forget to check under your bed tonight. There might be a clown or spider there. 😉