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What To Do About Radiation Fears Because of Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown?

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I get lots of different questions about how hypnosis can help people who are experiencing fears.

Here’s a question that has come up recently because of the Nuclear problems that Japan has experienced since they were hit with an earthquake followed by a Tsunami.

Here’s what Nicole has asked, “How do I get rid of this fear I have of being poisoned by radiation? I’ve been feeling like this since I watched the problems that Japan is going through. I have this underlying sense of doom and hopelessness, and it is affecting how I relate to other people and even my motivation level.”

Well Nicole, that is a great question. While we don’t get many people come in for fear of radiation poisoning, we do deal with people experiencing fear that is making their life unpleasant. And there are some simple methods you can use to overcome that feeling of dread that you are currently aware of.

Our minds can focus on only one or two things at any one time. We can flip between maybe 7 to 9 different thoughts and feelings but we generally focus on just one or two items at any one time. What many of us don’t understand is that we are the ones in control of our thoughts. So one method of feeling better is to change the focus of your thoughts. For example, if you are becoming nervous or upset over the notion that the radioactive problem in Japan can affect you, the first thing you should do is determine whether that fear is real or not. If you do feel that it is real, then take whatever precautions you feel are appropriate to protect yourself. If after taking precautions you still feel that sense of dread, then you need to train your mind to think other thoughts.

Here’s the thing about our feelings. Our feelings are signals from our inner mind sending the message that we need to do something for protection. Fear is definitely based upon the need for protection. So if you have done everything you can possibly do to protect yourself, there is no need to continue to allow that signal to “sound”. In this case you actively begin to get rid of the thought of Japan’s problems which is bringing up this now unnecessary feeling. And a way to accomplish this is to train your mind to think of something more helpful. Even to remember a pleasant experience you once had can help to remove any fearful thoughts.

Anytime your mind drifts back to that fearful thought you can actively do something to replace the thought. One thing that works nicely is to just have a key word that will stop any thought from coming up and then you can slip into your mind a thought you would like to be thinking. For example, when the unpleasant thought comes up, you can say the word, “STOP” and then slip in the thought of spending the day at a pleasant event, maybe a picnic, the beach, a pool, or any place where you felt safe and secure. Each time you do that, and it might take repeated effort on your part, you are training your mind to bring up the thoughts that are most helpful for you.

There are many other ways to change your thoughts and your emotional responses and when you use hypnotic techniques you can make this process happen much quicker and start to feel better going about your normal everyday business.

To find out more about using hypnosis to deal with fear, even the fear of a nuclear meltdown in Japan, give me a call at 212 223-1832.

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Can You Overcome Fears With Hypnosis

Friday, October 1st, 2010

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.

You can learn more about how hypnosis can help you with your fears by calling 212 223-1832 and

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Can Your Child’s School Cause Panic Attacks?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

You probably are very concerned for your child’s safety and well being. And you become especially concerned when your son or daughter experiences fear as a result of attending school. That’s completely understandable. After all, you send your child to school to get an education and to learn social skills. You don’t expect them to be left unprotected from other elements that could be causing them problems, and you certainly don’t expect them to come home to you in a panicked emotional state, refusing to go back to school again. And it becomes worse when it’s for an unexplained reason.

Many times situations like this happen and there seems to be no known or obvious reason as to why your child feels this way. But the symptoms are quite clear. They refuse to participate, they complain of physical pain, such as stomach aches, or headaches. And these symptoms are real physical pains. You become worried and angry that the people you left in charge of your loved one have failed to protect them, and worse still, you were unable to protect them as well.

This type of thing is becoming so common that no child is immune to it no matter what level of society you come from. A recent report highlighted the panic attacks and fears along with the physical pains that Princess Aiko of Japan, the granddaughter of the Emperor experienced while in school. She has refused to go back. Here’s what was reported:

    Princess Aiko, the eight-year-old granddaughter of the Japanese Emperor, has become unable to go to school after suffering a series of anxiety attacks and stomach aches.

    Her problems, said the Imperial Household Agency, arose from her “rough behaviour” at the hands of boys in her age group at the ultra-exclusive Gakushuin school she attends in central Tokyo.

    It does not appear that the young princess was injured in the incident, or that the alleged roughness constituted much more than the usual raucous behaviour of eight-year-old boys in the playground.

So it’s clear that this problem strikes every social strata leaving no social class immune. But how can you protect your family from having to go through this type of problem? There are methods that you can use to help build up your family’s mental defenses as well as dealing with the problem head on if it should arise. And the answers in both cases involve the use of hypnosis.

As a way to defend your children from having to experience these type of symptoms you can teach them how to build up their confidence levels and their self esteem. This can quickly be accomplished with self hypnosis techniques. Self hypnosis is really just showing your children how to use their imagination in a way that builds up their positive feelings about themselves. For example, there are times when they feel safe and secure right? There have probably been times when they excelled in something in school, or at play, right? By having them remember those times and fully feeling what they felt back then you are allowing them to practice self hypnosis for feeling really good. You can suggest to them that they can feel this good anytime they want by just imagining that past experience again.

By building this good feeling in over and over again, your child becomes familiar at locating and re-experiencing all those positive feelings of strength and confidence which helps them use those feelings when they will do the most good. These are just some simple measures to take to help keep your child from experiencing panic attacks caused by attending school.

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School Anxiety - Using Hypnosis to Help Your Child

Friday, September 10th, 2010

It’s back to school time and the calls are coming in from frantic parents because their child doesn’t want to go back to school, or is getting really bad physical reactions to having to go to school. The physical reactions are usually pains in the stomach. Complaints of stomach aches are common and sometimes the reactions are panic like responses. Some people might call them panic attacks.

And if this is happening to your child, you’re getting scared as well. After all most of the time your child liked school. They wanted to be in school, in fact they might have been a very high achiever, seemingly all on their own. Because they wanted to learn, and enjoyed excelling in school. So what happened to reverse all those wonderful experiences? Do you need to know what caused the problem, or are you just satisfied to get your child back to school and enjoying their learning experiences once again?

If you’re like most parents, you just want your little boy or girl to get back to the things that they enjoy doing, learning, being with friends, and experiencing new times in school. The good news is that this problem is usually a minor blip on the radar of life. If your child is young enough, and has plenty of good past experiences going to school, it can be just a minor adjustment in their responsiveness that can be addressed to send them back to school looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime of learning. In rare cases it becomes necessary to clear out some of the mistaken connections that were made that caused the problem in the first place.

I think the difference between this becoming a problem that takes 4-6 sessions or more and your child’s problem being resolved in only 1 or 2 sessions is how long you allow your family to suffer with this problem. Each time your child goes to school and feels that fearful feeling in their body, they are practicing responding that way to school. It becomes a deeper ingrained response and therefore a stronger habit is created. The speed with which you seek a solution can make it easier for your whole family to get back to living a healthier and happier life.

I invite you to give me a call to discuss what your child is going through and see if we can quickly get them back to school with the eager attitude of a lifelong learner. You can reach me at 212 223-1832.

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Fear of Elevators - Where Does That Come From?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I have had the opportunity of working with people who feel scared or have an underlying anxious feeling when they have to ride in an elevator. This becomes more pronounced when they are forced to ride on an elevator that becomes increasingly more crowded as it ascends or descends to their chosen floor.

In my experience this problem is either the beginning or the manifestation of further discomfort that’s just around the corner. It has it’s root in another fear. Some people have told me that this is a symptom of claustrophobia but I tend to disagree. I’m not big on analysis, and my profession doesn’t require it to achieve successful results in the way my client navigates through their life.

Any fear based response goes to the primal programming that we fortunately are born with. This programming is meant to keep us safe and secure in difficult and dangerous situation. Those type of situations today are few and far between. Think about what danger meant to us back when our species was new. It meant not being captured and eaten. It meant avoiding pain and death at all costs. We basically were fighting for our lives.

Does that type of scenario come up for us often in our daily life? Hardly! But responses are just the same as if we were being faced with life or death choices every time we are faced with this fear response. So we can safely say that this is an incorrectly learned response. There might be some reason why our body is responding badly, but that reason doesn’t always matter. The fact remains that our body responds incorrectly.

So where does that incorrect response come from? It’s not possible to accurately predict where your fear of elevators originated. If it’s necessary to uncover the source of your problem in order to neutralize it, then using the hypnotic techniques I’ve learned and developed will provide access to the answers that are needed. There is no reason for you to be saddled with an unnecessary fear forever.

And what is worse, is that if these fears remain unresolved, it usually leads to you experiencing more fears around things that you never feared before. So it’s always best to resolve your problems with fear as soon as you can.

What have you done to help deal with your fear? Leave your comments below.

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