Phobias as irrational fears

Phobias are irrational fears that are out of proportion to the the real likelihood of unpleasant consequences or harm. Reacting anxiously to an object, animal or situation that others find largely unconcerning can be frustrating, confusing and upsetting.

A specific phobia is defined as an irrational fear of a particular object, animal, situation, or activity. Specific phobias become problematic when they interfere negatively with employment, social activities, family life and day to day living in general. It’s reassuring to know however that phobias are very common amongst the population, and trying to list them all here would be a mammoth task!

How can hypnotherapy help?

The good news is that most specific phobias can be treated quickly and effectively in a way that creates powerful and lasting changes. Listed below are some examples of the four main types of specific phobias.

Common animal phobias

image of a large house spider

Fear of spiders/arachnophobia

Ichthyophobia/fear of fish

Entomophobia/fear of insects

Cynophobia/fear of dogs

Natural environment phobias

dark clouds and heavy rain falling

Fear of thunder and lightning/astraphobia

Fear of water/hydrophobia

Fear of trees/dendrophobia

Common situation phobias

Man sitting on a passenger plane smiling and relaxed

Fear of flying/aerophobia

Fear of public speaking/glossophobia

Fear of enclosed spaces/claustrophobia

Medical treatment phobias

a person receiving an injection in their upper arm

Fear of needles/trypanophobia

Fear of dentists/dentophobia

Fear of blood/hemophobia

If you have lived with the adverse effects of a phobia for too long, why not book a free consultation and find out more about how hypnotherapy can help?