Fear is something we all experience to some degree, it is a natural response initiated by a threat or real danger. For example, we are all scared of coming face to face with a great white shark or other predator in the ocean or in nature a grizzly bear or even a lion that is wild, hungry or bitten by a snake while we walking through the jungle or bushveld, and fear is a survival instinct, it is within all beings, it is there to warn us against certain things or situations.

A phobia, on the other hand is something of an irrational fear of something like an object or situation (paper tigers) that causes little or no danger. For example, arithmophobia (derived from the Greek word, it is the fear of numbers) it may cause slight to excessive anxiety for some, fear in itself does not cause any danger to the individual. Phobias are imprints; energy imbalances linked to our subconscious, as they are irrational they are easily overcome effectively, “Have no fear hypnotherapy is near.”

Phobias are extremely common and range from the less well-known i.e. ablutophobia- fear of washing or bathing, acarophobia- fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching, asymmetriphobia (fear of asymmetrical things), cometophobia- Fear of comets, coimetrophobia- fear of cemeteries, coitophobia- fear of coitus, decidophobia- fear of making decisions, defecaloesiophobia- Fear of painful bowels movements, deipnophobia- fear of dining or dinner conversations, dementophobia- fear of insanity to the more commonly recognised dentophobia (fear of dentists). There will most often be strong avoidance behaviour connected with the phobia, and feelings of anxiety, fear and loss of control and even panic. Sufferers usually know their fear/s are irrational, but they are unable to have any control it.

Two types - specific phobias and social phobias:

Specific phobias:

  • closed-in places
  • fear of blood
  • fear of flying
  • spiders
  • swimming

It is a fearing one particular thing and not extreme fear. They are initiated earlier in their lives and stay with them in their adulthood until addressed and neutralised.

Social phobia:

  • discomfort in social situations
  • extreme anxiety in social situations
  • fear of being judged by others
  • fear of being watched by others

all the above are overwhelmed by the above examples, they are aware they are acting irrational yet have no control over their fears. Social phobia can be related to one fear i.e. of one person or fear of multiple people. This is the case also with people who have been or still are abused. Social phobia is something that usually begins in the early development years.

Signs of phobia:

  • blushing
  • difficulty talking
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • palpitations
  • racing heart
  • rapid increased heart rate
  • sweating
  • trembling


  • brain chemicals may have played and influence
  • can be passed down from mother father and even generational lines
  • child learns a phobia
  • hereditary or learned behaviour
  • may occur for a number of reasons
  • observing family individual or collective reaction to an object or situation
  • trauma
  • traumatic experiences
  • usually begin early in an life


hypnotherapy assists in identifying root cause of the phobia

hypnotherapy enables individuals to not react the way they use to

hypnotherapy neutralises or may even lessen the overly charged emotions. Working more with hypnotherapy miraculous things may unfold. Phobias are fears that are displaced that are not foundations to anything, it is this reason they are able to be dealt with. easily

Hypnotherapy is powerful and has more to offer than many realise, it certainly assists with relaxation and visualisation, goal setting and achieving, elevating your life in positive and life giving, a very good desensitisation and forming new habits that promote and move you into positive outcomes and even being more calm and relaxed.