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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What Are Phobias and How Do They Develop?

What is a Phobia?
A phobia is an excessive, irrational and persistent fear of an object or a situation. Most of the time, people who have phobias know consciously that their fear is irrational, but since the fear is in their unconscious minds, it can make little or no difference in terms of the way they feel.

There are many different types of phobias: fear of closed in places, fear of heights, fear of dogs, fear of injections, fear of flying, social phobia, and so on.

How Do Phobias Develop?
Phobias usually develop by some triggering event, which might not be obvious at the time when it occurs. Phobias are debilitating and, depending on what the phobia is, it often has an adverse effect on a person's personal and work life. For example, if a person has a fear of flying, and travel is a big part of his job, he will experience a lot of anxiety and possibly panic attacks when he has to travel for business. The same would be true if he had to fly for a family vacation.

Clinical hypnosis is one of the best ways of treating phobias, because hypnotherapy works with the unconscious mind.

In my next article, I'll be exploring how clinical hypnosis is an effective treatment for people with phobias.

I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in NYC. To find out more about me, please visit my web site: http://www.josephine-ferraro.com.

Feel free to call me at (212) 726-1006 for a consultation.