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Fears & Phobias
It is said that we are born with just two fears – the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. All others are learned. As we go through life we are continually learning unconsciously. We learn through experience and our responses to the different situations that present themselves. Fear is also learned in this way. A fear or phobia is learned very quickly. It is an automatic response that is often reinforced over time. Eventually someone can become fearful merely at the thought of their fear, or at the mention of a particular word.
A distressing emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or is a threat.
An extreme and irrational ‘conditioned response’ or aversion to something.
Fears & Phobias
It is believed that around 20% of people suffer from a phobia, which can cause intense feelings of anxiety and embarrassment. Phobias often relate to specific things like enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), flying, heights, needles, dogs or spiders.
An even higher percentage of the population are fearful of certain things but can generally function in their day-to-day life without the fear having too much of an impact on what they can or can’t do.
Some phobias stem from the fear of embarrassing yourself in front of others. This is known as a ‘social’ phobia. There are many different types of social phobia including a fear of giving presentations, some forms of agoraphobia in which you daren’t even go out, a fear of going into pubs or to parties, and a fear of urinating in public toilets (paruresis).
Some phobias such as a fear of being sick (emetophobia) are masked by a different presenting fear. For example, someone who is scared of flying may in fact be fearful of being sick in public. This fear stops them from flying since they worry about being able to get to a cubicle in time, should they feel ill.
The mind is very powerful. From just one experience, the feeling of fear can become attached to anything that relates to that fear. However much we may try to logically, consciously control and rationalise that fear, the unconscious always wins through and the fear or phobia remains.
Our unconscious is there to protect us. Once the unconscious believes that there is something to be frightened of, it will do everything it can to ensure we avoid situations or the things that cause us to be fearful. Since the fears are programmed responses in our mind, we need to deal with these responses at an unconscious level. For that reason, hypnotherapy, EMDR and NLP are effectively used for removing fears and phobias, leaving you feeling calm and in control.
Freedom from a phobia allows you to live a normal, happy and rewarding life with no unnecessary limitations.
There are literally hundreds of different phobias, many of which have different names for the same thing. Below is a list of the more common ones:
Achluophobia- Fear of darkness.
Acrophobia- Fear of heights.
Aeroacrophobia- Fear of open high places.
Agliophobia (Algophobia) – Fear of pain.
Agoraphobia- Fear of open spaces or of being in crowded, public places.
Agraphobia- Fear of sexual abuse.
Aichmophobia- Fear of needles or pointed objects.
Algophobia- Fear of pain.
Altophobia- Fear of heights.
Amaxophobia- Fear of riding in a car.
Androphobia- Fear of men.
Anginophobia- Fear of angina, choking or narrowness.
Anthrophobia or Anthophobia- Fear of flowers.
Anthropophobia- Fear of people or society.
Aphenphosmphobia (Haphephobia)- Fear of being touched.
Arachnophobia (Arachnephobia)- Fear of spiders.
Arithmophobia- Fear of numbers.
Arrhenphobia- Fear of men.
Astraphobia (Astrapophobia)- Fear of thunder and lightning
Ataxophobia- Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection.
Atychiphobia- Fear of failure.
Aerophobia (Aviophobia/Aviatophobia) – Fear of flying.
Basophobia or Basiphobia- Inability to stand. Fear of walking or falling.
Batophobia- Fear of heights or being close to high buildings.
Batrachophobia- Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc.
Belonephobia (Aichmophobia)- Fear of pins and needles.
Bibliophobia- Fear of books.
Cacophobia- Fear of ugliness.
Cancerophobia or Carcinophobia- Fear of cancer.
Catoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors.
Chaetophobia- Fear of hair.
Chionophobia- Fear of snow.
Chirophobia- Fear of hands.
Chiroptophobia- Fear of bats.
Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces.
Coulrophobia- Fear of clowns.
Cyberphobia- Fear of computers or working on a computer.
Cynophobia- Fear of dogs or rabies.
Decidophobia- Fear of making decisions.
Dementophobia- Fear of insanity.
Demonophobia or Daemonophobia- Fear of demons.
Demophobia (Agoraphobia)- Fear of crowds.
Dendrophobia- Fear of trees.
Dentophobia- Fear of dentists.
Ecclesiophobia- Fear of church.
Elurophobia (Ailurophobia)- Fear of cats.
Emetophobia- Fear of vomiting.
Entomophobia- Fear of insects.
Equinophobia- Fear of horses.
Ereuthrophobia- Fear of blushing.
Gamophobia- Fear of marriage.
Gerascophobia- Fear of growing old.
Glossophobia- Fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
Gynephobia or Gynophobia- Fear of women.Hadephobia- Fear of hell.
Hagiophobia- Fear of saints or holy things.
Hamartophobia- Fear of sinning.
Haphephobia or Haptephobia- Fear of being touched.
Harpaxophobia- Fear of being robbed.
Hemophobia or Hemaphobia or Hematophobia- Fear of blood.
Herpetophobia- Fear of reptiles or creepy, crawly things.
Heterophobia (Sexophobia)- Fear of the opposite sex.
Hominophobia- Fear of men.
Homophobia- Fear of sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual.
Hydrophobia- Fear of water.
Hypnochondria – Fear of Illness
Iatrophobia- Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors.
Insectophobia – Fear of insects.
Lockiophobia- Fear of childbirth.
Misophobia or Mysophobia- Fear of being contaminated with dirt or germs.
Necrophobia- Fear of death or dead things.
Noctiphobia- Fear of the night.
Nomatophobia- Fear of names.
Nosocomephobia- Fear of hospitals.
Nyctophobia- Fear of the dark or of night.
Olfactophobia- Fear of smells.
Ombrophobia- Fear of rain or of being rained on.
Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes
Ornithophobia- Fear of birds.
Panophobia or Pantophobia- Fear of everything.
Pathophobia- Fear of disease.
Pedophobia- Fear of children.
Pharmacophobia- Fear of taking medicine.
Phasmophobia- Fear of ghosts.
Pyrophobia- Fear of fire.
Scolionophobia- Fear of school.
Selachophobia- Fear of sharks.
Social Phobia- Fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations.
Sociophobia- Fear of society or people in general.
Somniphobia- Fear of sleep.
Spheksophobia- Fear of wasps.
Technophobia- Fear of technology.
Thalassophobia- Fear of the sea.
Trypanophobia- Fear of injections.
Tuberculophobia- Fear of tuberculosis.
Tyrannophobia- Fear of tyrants.
Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners.
Zoophobia- Fear of animals.
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