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Top 10 Phobias and How You Can Conquer Them

Being scared is a natural feeling. Everyone fears something. Whilst we need fear to stay alert and aware of potential dangers, when that emotion takes over and becomes unmanageable, we run the risk of losing a sense of control. For instance, avoiding standing at the edge of some scaffolding for the legitimate fear of falling is sensible. But being scared of standing near windows in tall buildings, where there’s no risk of an accident, is unjustified. Nevertheless, such mind sets are prevalent around the world.

The top 10 phobias people suffer from include:

  1. Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)
  2. Fear of heights (acrophobia)
  3. Fear of snakes (ophidiophobia)
  4. Fear of germs (mysophobia)
  5. Fear of public speaking (glossophobia)
  6. Fear of needles or getting injections (trypanophobia)
  7. Fear of clowns (coulrophobia)
  8. Fear of darkness (nyctophobia)
  9. Fear of being closed in small spaces (claustrophobia)
  10. Fear of crowds (agoraphobia)

Other phobias include the fear of: holes (trypophobia), dogs (cynophobia), flying (aerophobia), slime (myxophobia), razors (xyrophobia) and the fear of being seen stared at (ophthalmophobia).

In fact, you could be scared of pretty much anything – the top 10 phobias are just the start. Whilst it can be hard to understand for others, for those suffering, it can be debilitating. Worst of all, they can appreciate their phobia isn’t always logical, but feel powerless to do anything about it.

“Phobias are the most common mental disorder. Over their lifetimes, 11% of people will have a phobia.”

R. Reid Wilson, PhD, spokesman for the American Psychological Association

When does a fear become a phobia?

It’s important to distinguish between fears and phobias. No-one enjoys getting injections, and many find it scary, but they can cope with the experience. For someone with a phobia of needles, on the other hand, they would be physically and/or psychologically impaired by it.

When a fear becomes so persistent, excessive and unreasonable that it debilitates a person, it must be treated as a phobia. Think of fear as a healthy reaction to a potentially threatening situation, that could be described as a phobia when it becomes intense, irrational and uncontrollable. Even though the individual is in no immediate danger, symptoms of a phobia could include:

  • Rapid, short breaths or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • A desire to get away
  • Nausea

Depending on severity, these could reveal themselves when someone with a phobia is confronted with their fear face-to-face. Symptoms could also become intense even at the thought of a phobia, as the brain can create a reaction to a fearsome situation when it’s not actually occurring. Many people with phobias also have panic attacks.

Conquering your fears with Theta Healing®

Generally, people don’t seek treatment for their phobias. They find ways to adapt and work around the fear, ideally so they can avoid it at all costs. In some cases, this can lead to an individual becoming completely withdrawn, affecting their professional and social life.

Often, it is only when a person cannot get around their phobia, because it’s unavoidable or too severe, they will ask for help. But that’s no way to live. You don’t have to accept phobias as a reality of life. Instead, you can take steps to overcome your phobia and be able to confront it head on, releasing yourself from stress and anxiety.

When I perform an intuitive body scan,  I often I notice an imbalance in the energy field of a client.  I may complete their karma, clear the energy blocks, release psychic hooks and psychic attack. Many times a phobia can be resolved by going back to the event that triggered the fear which may be in this life or another. Many times the feared client needs to be made neutral in several lives.

Some children have learnt a phobic response from their parents, and react instinctively with a phobic behaviour. This bahaviour can be held on the genetic level or even inherited. The disfunction resides in the DNA which needs to be corrected.

The named phobia is rarely the deepest issue. For example, the client may have a fear of water, but the actual trauma may be suffocation in the womb when the umbilical cord was wrapped around the client neck as a baby. The fear of public speaking could be related to a past life when the client was beheaded due to speaking out as a woman. Through Theta Healing® a practitioner can immediately identify the underling trauma and clear it.

You need to understand how the mind operates. The primal part of your brain, called the Amygdala, is the part that is responsible for causing your anxiety and phobias. Phobias are the irrational fears, when the primal part of your brain is causing you to react well before your conscious, rational brain has had the time to analyse the fear. This part of the brain can be reprogrammed to cancel the irrational fears.

The mind does not know the difference between what is happening on the outside and what is happening on the inside. It simply reacts to the stimuli you give it. Which means you have complete control over what you choose to tell yourself and how you will subsequently react to it.

Your mind also makes anchors to the five senses.  When you experience the memory or trauma, you remember how you felt, what you saw, what you heard, what you tasted or what you could smell. When you relive that memory, you are not remembering what actually happened, you are only remembering your version of that memory and the limiting beliefs that you have attached to that memory.

But phobias aren’t just shrugged off. You’ll have to commit yourself to the challenge. Theta Healing® can help you tackle the pattern of negative thoughts that allow your phobia to take control. Here are some tips for harnessing your own power:

Find the sources of stress. We’re more vulnerable to fear when we’re stressed and unbalanced. Use the life wheel (you can download it here) to find out whether you’re achieving a balance between the different areas of your life. What is making you unhappy? Are you taking on too much at work? How could you simplify your life?

This exercise will bring your attention to those areas of your life you may be neglecting or sacrificing – perhaps because of your phobia. Having a physical representation of the imbalance it’s creating in your life will drive you to make empowered action.

Be kind to yourself. When you have a phobia, it can be tempting to criticise yourself. For example, telling yourself you’re stupid or pathetic for being afraid. This happens a lot when someone doesn’t suffer from one of the top 10 phobias, but something less common. However, this type of self-sabotage is harsh and abusive, provoking a sense of low confidence and feeling of worth. Doing it to yourself will belittle your spirit and create a vacuum for other people to treat you the same way.

Instead, be supportive of your own development. Believing that you can overcome your phobia is the first step. After all, having a phobia isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s just that your mind and body have developed a defense mechanism that needs correcting.

Tackle those negative beliefs head on. With Theta Healing®, you can change limiting beliefs (including fears and phobias) and replace them with empowering ones. Once you’ve changed those deep-rooted beliefs that cause you to fear certain things, you’ll be able to return to logical thinking.

Theta Healing® can help release beliefs and fears that are new to you, as well as those you’ve had since childhood. You can find out more about how Theta Healing® practitioners use the Theta brainwave to make these changes for you here.

View your phobia as a challenge. The way we think affects the way we approach our lives. When you choose to tolerate or avoid a phobia, you’re giving away your power. In such moments of crisis, you can withdraw to safety or you can face the storm head-on, viewing it as challenge which will make you stronger.

Overcoming a phobia is part of your personal growth. But, in order to do so, you have to view it as the challenge it is and let go of any thoughts that it’s unfair or someone else’s fault. It’s time to take back your power.

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”

Dale Carnegie

Do you have a phobia that holds you back in life? If you’re interested in finding out how Theta Healing® can help your personal journey of transformation, you can contact us today to book a session or ask a question. Theta Healing® facilitates instant emotional and physical transformation, so don’t suffer in silence.

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