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

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.

CPA Exam Anxiety - Hypnosis To Overcome Test Nerves

Monday, September 27th, 2010

If you are getting ready to take an important exam like your CPA test you need to be ready in more than just the studying department. There are other factors that might cause you to fail your CPA exam that have nothing to do with the information that you have studied a head of time. You need to be able to enter the exam room free of fear that you might screw up.

Fear in many instances can be your friend. If you are taking the CPA exam and you have a small amount of fear, that emotion will motivate you to get around to studying so that you have all the knowledge you need to help you pass the exam. But if you have too much fear, that emotion becomes overwhelming and will prevent you from accessing the studied information when you need it most. Overwhelming fear will block your ability to recall information and facts that you have studied and learned. So even if you know the answers to the questions, you might not be able to provide those answers when called upon because of your increased anxiety.

There are a number of ways to overcome this type of exam anxiety or test nerves. Hypnosis is one of the techniques that can be used to successfully take your CPA exam without test anxiety. Exam anxiety is about state control. It’s about learning how to be in control of your emotional state. This is extremely important in a test or exam environment. Learning how to turn on the correct state or attitude and turn off the incorrect emotion or attitude is an important component when you are seeking to pass your CPA exam.

An inappropriate emotion can block your being able to remember or recall information that you know. Take for example all the times when you were unable to remember a person’s name. It was probably a name that you should have remembered. And when asked to remember the person’s name, for some reason you just let the name slip from your mind. You knew that you knew the name, but for some reason you weren’t able to recall that person’s name. And when you tried really hard to retrieve that name, the name became harder and harder to recall. And then what happened when you forgot about that incident altogether? When you let the need for that person’s name to wane, that person’s name probably just popped into your mind suddenly. You remembered the name that you always knew, because it stopped being important. You stopped putting all that emotional energy into recovering that name.

That’s the way things work with all of our memories. When under stress, or undue emotional duress, information that you know very well and are quite proficient at will become inaccessible. But only for a short time. This problem is easily solved when you use hypnosis to regain control over the emotional states that you allow yourself to experience. That is what is known as state control. By going into hypnotic trance, you can gain access to the state that is unfortunately coming up whenever you have taken a test in the past. You can identify it and through advanced hypnotic techniques you can eliminate the necessity of experiencing that emotion at that particular time, usually while taking a test. And once you’ve eliminated that connection, you can build in a better emotion that assists you in recalling information and data easily.

Hypnosis is an effective way of doing mental rehearsal too. And that’s important because you’ve probably been practicing feeling afraid or stressed whenever you’ve taken a test in the past. Sometimes you have even felt those feelings when you just thought of taking a test. So with all that praxtice you’ve been doing for that negative emotion you realize you need to practice doing it correctly. And that’s where hypnosis will shine for you. It’s a fairly quick process to reverse all those years of failures with mental rehearsal for success. Because the mind works at the speed of thought. And think about how quickly that happens.

When you’re ready to prepare for taking your CPA test or CPA exam, call me at 212 223-1832 and I’ll let you know what you need in your particular case to become that successful CPA of your dreams.

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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