Fears and phobias
Whilst studying to complete her psychology degree Carly was fascinated with the biological make up of the brain and the chemicals we release due to areas of our brains being stimulated. This provides core understanding to work with an individual’s fears or phobias; they take the form of an anxiety disorder of varying severity that can make fears become totally irrational. Most people affected by an irrational fear will understand all the components and understand that they may be unable to cause harm but they do not have the power to override the panic that overwhelms them.
So what is the difference?
Fear exists for a reason as an inbuilt survival mechanism, which helps us look after ourselves and our loved ones by identifying situations as dangerous and therefore able to make rational decisions.
Phobias are different to fears as they are not an inbuilt survival mechanism and they don’t help us assess dangerous situations, as they are irrational. There is no logical explanation for a phobia to have developed within a certain situation or because of an object. If the cause of a phobia can be identified as to where it came from the only similarity to extreme fear is that the individual still feels powerless to overcome it. Hypnotherapy can be used as a form of intervention that has extraordinary success rates.