Phobias

Is your life compromised by fear?

Phobias are often a major cause of stress and anxiety. So if the quality of your life is being ruined by a phobia —an irrational fear —  what better way to reclaim your wellbeing than by getting rid of your phobia? It’s easier than you think!

No-one is fearless. Probably. All of us are prone to being fearful. And often that is a good thing: fear makes us cautious; it makes us more aware of threats and dangers. For example, a fear of water is a healthy fear: it helps us avoid drowning; a fear of snakes helps ensure we don’t get bitten by a snake that may be poisonous.  A fear of heights keeps our feet safely on the ground! These are common fears and healthy fears.

But some fears are not healthy: irrational ones trigger anxiety when real danger is not imminent. Or even likely.  But our minds can  convince ourselves to protect ourselves by taking steps that we think will shield us.  A fear of the dark is common, but we aren’t really frightened of the dark: we fear what we think may be lurking there.

The Effect of Irrational Fears

Living a life in fear because of a phobia is draining. It’s restrictive. They can quickly take over lives.

Those who suffer from irrational fears may believe their fear is incurable. That’s understandable; I get that. But it’s an erroneous belief, and is also a cause of anxiety in itself. Many phobics feel their phobias can be incredibly resistant to change. But that, too, is just a perception. None the less, what people feel they need to do to control their fear can cause great stress. For example, emetophobia (the 5th most common phobia) is a fear of vomiting, either themselves or others. This typically means the sufferer goes to great lengths to avoid any situation involving vomiting, and the slightest hint of nausea causes a great deal of anxiety, which in turn leads to extreme levels of personal hygiene normally associated with OCD. It’s not unusual for an emetophobe to wash their hands 50 times a day. Emetophobes rarely if ever eat out, and have a very restricted social life. Any mention on the news of a local outbreak of norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, causes extreme anxiety. 

What Phobias can be cured?

All of them can be eradicated.  And probably much more easily than you think. We have been particularly successful eradicating emetophobia, agoraphobia, and a fear of flying, for example. 

How can you eradicate your phobias?

I can help you get rid of your phobias very quickly — sometimes in only two or three sessions. I help you by empowering you to regain control of  your thoughts, emotions and feelings. I use proven Conquering Life techniques and experience, supported where necessary by hypnotherapy. It’s certainly is not a magic formula. Rather, it is empowering because it is understandable, accessible. And unlike many other approaches such as NLP it’s firmly underpinned by published, peer-reviewed scientific research.

 

Arise like a Phoenix from Phobias — from the ashes of anxiety: freedom to pursue a life compromised by fear

Just as you learned fear, you can un-learn fear.  And very quickly. Not just that: you can move way beyond just dealing with a particular problem phobia—and instead set your sights on not just surviving in life, but flourishing. Which means you feel empowered, resilient and so much happier!

Cure your phobia with John Castleford and Conquering Life

One common phobia is also one of the least-well known

Although it’s the 5th most common phobia, few people have heard of emetophobia. It really is one of the most debilitating of all phobias and is also prone to being hidden because of embarrassment.

Emetophobia is a deep-seated fear of vomiting and nausea, either directly in themselves, and/or in others. Although it’s one of the most widespread of all phobias, only those afflicted by it tend to know the name. It’s a massively debilitating condition because of the way it impacts the sufferer’s life. It afflicts people of all ages, adults and children, men and women, but seems most commonly found in younger women.

Often, the greatest stress is caused by the emetophobe going to great lengths to avoid any situation involving vomiting. This may include extreme levels of personal hygiene normally associated with OCD, and protracted routines that comprise the coping mechanisms by means of which the sufferer believes they can manage their phobia.

The effect of emetophobia is to close down many aspects of normal living. The sufferers put up a number of “walls” to ‘protect’ themselves, and in so doing they put limitations on the way the live. They restrict themselves in many ways and, ironically, in attempting to control their lives, they actually lose control of their lives. Normal thinking gives way to anxiety and stress.

The fear is extremely strong. It’s not unlike a panic attack in the cyclic nature of events. First there is a trigger, which plants a thought in the mind. Maybe there are perceptions about a lack of hygiene (which is why emetophobes rarely eat out); people they know may be ill and undergoing treatments like chemotherapy (vomiting is inevitable), or perhaps someone is depicted being sick in a movie or TV programme.

Once the thought about vomiting has occurred, the sufferers will anticipate a range of feelings of the deepest intensity: they will search for the nearest toilet if they are out of the home, they will be acutely sensitive about how their stomach or throat feels. They will be anticipating imminent vomiting, and will feel panicky.

And because this cycle has been experienced so many times before, the emetophobe will take steps to ‘protect’ themselves. They may eat little, and be absent from work because they feel uncomfortable anywhere except at home, where the ‘sanctuary’ of a spotless bathroom awaits. They take massive steps to avoid any and all situations in which the phobia might be triggered. They carry around plastic bags; they perpetually search out the nearest lavatory; they are constantly aware of people eating, of restaurants, of advertisement for food; and because food and drink are often central to socialising, this means they don’t socialise; so they become introverted and even isolated. Emetophobia makes them a virtual prisoner in an unclean world.

The fear is not the reality: it just seems very real. But the fear has grown to the extent that it controls the sufferer. The good news is that, like all phobias, emetophobia can be eradicated quite quickly.