Wellside Hypnosis

Phobias and Fears

The unconscious mind creates fears and phobias as a means of protecting us from negative experiences. These reactions are based on our primitive amygdala, which controls our emotional responses to positive and negative situations. Even thinking about something that scares us can cause a physical response, as the amygdala triggers our fight, flight or freeze response.

Fears and phobias can be learned from our parents or peer group, as we observe their reactions and the amygdala recognises a fear response in others. Additionally, association in childhood can create phobias, where something unexpected that appears in a heightened state of fear is stored in the amygdala and treated as a threat.

Positive and negative experiences can generate long-term associated responses, which can trigger memories of the incident. In cases of intense trauma, these associations can become a phobia or trigger crisis episodes such as those experienced in PTSD.

NLP and hypnotherapy are used to resolve fears and phobias by working with the unconscious mind to reduce the heightened state of associated memories and find new, healthier ways to experience the world. Breath-work is also used to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and calm down the stress, anxiety and fear triggered by the amygdala. More information on how this works can be found by clicking on the “Ways We Can Help" links below

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