Phobias and Irrational Fears

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When I was a child I read a Ladybird Classics edition of Gullivers Travels. For those of you who don’t know what that means its basically an illustrated story where a traditional tale is cut down and made simple so children who are learning to read can understand it.

Anyway, in this story, the hero Gulliver, travels to the Land of Giant and in one scene has to fend off giant wasps with a giant needle. Of  course this was an image that needed to be illustrated in a realistic art style so that you could see the terror on Gullivers face.

Until just recently I have been unable to be in the same room as a wasp even if I logically knew that they are unlikely to sting me. That picture stuck with me for decades and it wasn’t until I became a hypnotist that I understood that I could do something about it. I doubt I’ll ever like wasps, after all they are nasty, vicious and evil. What’s there to like but I can tolerate them now.

Through hypnosis I have now had the privilege of helping a number of people with their fears and I have come to the unlikely realisation that they are one of the easiest things to beat. Although they can overwhelm us in the moment that a phobia is triggered, no-one is attached to their fears. No-one has a secret need fulfilled by them and no-one wants their fears to come back. That makes it easy to be done with an irrational fear when we are given the opportunity.

I’ve had a 100% success rate so far clearing fears of earthquakes, needles, open water and more besides. If you have found that certain things or hobbies in your life are just impossible because of a useless and irrational fear maybe it’s worth getting in touch?

Daniel Steadman

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