If you are reading this article, you’ve probably wondered how to deal with your fears. You probably have been dealing with those fears for some time, hoping they’d go away by themselves. And then you found that they actually started becoming worse. It was then that you started searching for answers to your fear based responses. You might have even tried a number of the usual remedies, drugs, talk therapy, counseling, and some might have provided you with some results and then maybe not.
When you deal with your fears with drugs, if they didn’t make you feel better, they may have numbed your senses and made you feel out of sorts. And of course there’s no surprise that drugs come with a whole list of bad side effects. And then talk therapy or counseling might have given you no relief or some relief, but not enough to keep you satisfied that you were done with your fears.
And now you’re still searching for answers. Well what are your fears anyway? And why do we have fears in the first place? The answers to these questions will provide you some ways that you can begin to solve your fear problems.
Fears are the way that we have of protecting ourselves. Fear is a response that we feel when we acknowledge that we are unsafe. When you take it all the way back to the original man and his environment you will get an idea of why we experience fear and what it’s meant to do for us. Because it’s important to know that fear plays a very important role in our survival. It’s our friend when used correctly.
So imagine for a moment, prehistoric man walking around the forest searching out something to eat. Maybe berries or a nice big head of lettuce, (just kidding). And while he’s busy searching for food for himself and his family he becomes aware of a predator that is stalking him. He might not be able to see it or really know it, but he kind of recognizes the predators presence. That sense of fear will automatically kick in to provide him with the rush of energy, through adrenaline, that he will need to steal himself to fight, or to run hard and fast to get away from there. So I’m sure you can see how that fear would be a handy thing to have available to you when you need it.
Fear is something that has been programmed into our bodies so that we could protect ourselves and that fear comes in a spectrum of strengths. The example of our ancestors from prehistoric times needed one level of fear. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most fear you could feel, let’s call that a 10. So we are able to feel that level of fear because we needed that intensity to protect ourselves in that dramatic way. But in our modern times, we rarely need to elicit that high intensity of fear, but it is available if we need it.
Now stop and take a look at what goes on around you during your every day life. I doubt there are predators of the ilk of the ones around long ago. There might be occurrences happening that might elicit that fear response, like the threat of losing your job, or being thrown out of your house, or even losing your girlfriend or boyfriend. But none of those common fear producing events need you to run away as hard as you can or stand around and physically engage in a fight. Most of our normal fears should bring about a scale number of maybe 3-7 on that scale of 1 to 10. And 1 on that scale is totally safe and secure.
So here’s your problem. If you are experiencing improper fear response it’s because your mechanism for adjusting fear, let’s call it a fear dial, is not working properly. It might be working on only 2 or 3 levels of fear, rather than the full scale of all 10 levels. Or you might have learned that it’s important to escalate your level of fear very quickly because of some past event, and you continue to go zero to 10 in no time flat, because you’ve become accustomed to responding that way.
Now we get to the good part. How can hypnosis help you with your fear problem? Hypnosis is a tool that allows you or someone you trust to communicate with the part of your mind where your emotional responses are programmed. So with the information that you now know, how do you think that could be of help to you? I’ll tell you. You can program your mind to respond to a lower level of threat with a lower level of fear response. Once those new responses are incorporated, even briefly, they can then be practiced mentally. And because your subconscious doesn’t really know whether something is real or imagined and responds the same way, when you do that type of mental rehearsal, just by practicing that new response it becomes the familiar way to respond. Giving you the freedom to respond the way you would like to.
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