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Phobias Explained

Phobias or fears can hurt everyone's life at one time or another. There are fears or phobias about almost everything you could possibly imagine. Here are a few of the more common phobias that people suffer from.

Acrophobia is the fear of heights. Lots of people suffer from this phobia, and the chances are that if you do not suffer from this yourself, you probably know someone that does.

The fear of flying is also a common phobia. Everyone has heard bout people that will not travel on planes because they are terrified at the thought of flying.

Then there is the fear of public speaking. Not everybody has the courage to stand up in front of a group of people and make a speech of some kind. It does not matter whether they are familiar to you or complete strangers, the hole prospect of having to do this fills some people with dread.

Everyone has experienced a fear of the dark, especially as a kid. But there are still some adults that have a fear of the dark and will not go to sleep without the light being on.

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Strangely around 50% of women have this fear. But only 10% of men will suffer from it.

The fear of snakes is a strange one because it even affects people who live in countries where there are no snakes.

The fear of rejection is a major fear in some people's lives. I will bet that everyone has had his fear or will experience this fear at least once in their life.

Another common phobia that may have been picked up from when we were kids is the fear of confined spaces. This is evident in some people by the fact that they can not enter an elevator or go into small rooms.

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Understanding Panic Attacks

Several years ago, for a thankfully brief period of my life, I experienced panic attacks. Before I had this personal experience with sudden, inexplicable bouts of panic, I had no idea how devastating this condition can be. I am thankful to a kind nurse who has given me valuable tips for managing the attacks when they occurred. I am even more grateful that they are stopped after a few months.

Recognizing a Panic Attack: The Symptoms

The first few times I experienced a panic attack, I believed I was having a heart attack. I had chest pains, could barely catch my breath and was overcome with inexplicable fear. I had an overwhelming urge to run as fast as possible and to thrash my arms around, much as you might want to do if you came face to face with a wild lion or some other danger in the environment. There was lion, nor was there any other apparently reason for the incident.

Not everyone will have the same symptoms as I did. There are many possible symptoms – and not everyone will experience all of them. It is also true that many of the symptoms symptoms can also be symptoms of other conditions. However, it would be unusual to find so many symptoms occurring simultaneously with other conditions – but many symptoms at once are typical of a panic attack.

Furthermore, the symptoms associated with a panic attack go away quickly once the event is over. This is not necessarily true with other conditions.

However, the one common trait with all occurrences is the overwhelming sensation of fear and the urge to react to a non-existent threat. In most cases, there is no obvious cause or reason for the fear.

Heart Attack or Panic Attack

I later learned that my conviction that I was having a heart attack is a fairly common reaction. People having a panic attack are likely to experience heart palpitations, skipped heart beats, fluttering and chest pain.

Skipping a heart beat or experiencing musculo-skeletal pain in the chest area is a fairly ordinary occurrence in the population. However, when you are experiencing a panic attack and you feel these sensations, you are likely to focus on the sensations and question your heart health. This worry quickly becomes fear. As is true with all experiences of fear and perceivable danger, our bodies respond with the flight or fight response. This response means the heart rate increases yet more and the body readies itself for a major physical undertaking.

These symptoms lead you to the conclusion that you were right in the first place, and that you are indeed having a heart attack. Naturally, this worsens the situation. Fear causes more fear and more fear becomes even more fear.

Dizziness, Light-Headedness or Faintness

During a panic attack, you may also become dizzy and feel light-headed or flaw. The vision can blur and you may have sensations of vertigo. I can only liken this to the sensation I once had when a mild earthquake moved the floor under my feet. It is a feeling that the world is suddenly mobile and your physical self is out of control.

Worrying about this causes it to become worse.

Sweating or Perspiring

I recall feeling cold and clammy during and shortly after my attacks. This should come as no real surprise. We have long understood that anxiety is often accompanied by perspiration. This is why moisture detectors are incorporated into machines that administrator lie detector tests.

And, as is the case with the other symptoms, the more you worry about the clamminess or moisture, the more sweat you will generate. There is a condition known as hyperhidrosis in which people suffering from social anxiety perspire pints of fluids within minutes.

Fear of Dying or Losing Control

The fear of dying or fear of loss of control occurs frequently with persons having a panic attack. It is not easy to explain. If you have not had the experience, you may have difficulty understanding this. However, what happens is you become overwhelmed with a sensation of impending doom and you believe you are helpless to do anything about it. This sensation, when you are in the throes of it, seems to be physical, emotional and cognitive all at the same time.

Panic Attacks Do not Kill

Although you may feel like you are dying at the time, the reality is that panic attacks are not fatal. People do not die from this condition – although I believe there is a caveat here. During one of my attacks, I rushed blindly into a street in front of oncoming traffic. Luckily, I was not hit. However, injuries, even fatal injuries could occur if one acts on the panic while it is happening.

Coping With Panic Attacks

These episodes typically last ten minutes or less – but it may feel like hours to the person who experiences them.

As I mentioned earlier, my own panic attacks ceased after a few months. However, untreated panic attacks can worsen with time and blossom into panic disorders. Panic disorders are truly debilitating conditions in which the sufferer lives in fear of the next attack.

The most helpful technique I learned was how to calm myself down while undergoing an attack.

Calming myself during attack mean getting out of my emotions and into my head. To explain: while in a panic attack, you feel. Your body and mind are overwhelmed with feelings of fear and panic.The thinking part of your brain has shut down and you are 100% in feeling mode. Your goal is get out of feeling mode and back into thinking mode.

To do this, I would begin taking several deep breaths, forcing slow and regular breathing. While doing deep breathing, I would say to myself, ” I'm not interesting. This simple technique would help me to step back, figuratively speaking, and move back into thinking instead of pure feeling.

The first couple of times I used this technique, I was fortunate to have a nurse on hand to coach me through it. After that, I knew how to do it myself. In time, I learned to recognize the beginning of an episode very early and could begin to calm myself down immediately.

Preventing Future Panic Attacks

Some research suggests that there may be a genetic factor at play with panic attacks. However, there is also evidence suggesting that lifestyle and environmental issues can play a big role as well.

If you are prone to panic attacks, you can help keep your stress levels down by regular cardiovascular exercise and by avoiding caffeine, which can trigger panic.

T here may also be certain situations that trigger the attacks, although this was not true for me. Panic attacks may also present as phobias.

If you experience panic that is linked to an environmental factor, it seems sensible to avoid that particular situation. However, avoidance may not be the best solution. Your efforts to avoid, combined with your fear of having a panic attack are likely to increase the chances of one happening.

A wiser move is to seek help. Medications and / or cognitive behavioral therapy have proven helpful to many.

In recent years, I have become aware of a powerful new tool known as energy psychology. One variation of energy psychology, called Emotional Freedom Techniques or simply tapping, is amazingly effective at treating anxiety and panic. I use it for many things and teach it to others as well. Should I ever experience panic attacks again, this would be the first thing I would turn to. For more information about EFT and its uses with anxiety and panic , follow this link.

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Handling Fear – The Rabbinical Approach, the Sales Approach and the Abe Lincoln Approach

On May 10th, I published an article called “Freedom With Fear” about how we will never completely eliminate our fears but we can choose to act even as we are feeling fearful. I suggested that this is the very definition of courage. No fear, no courage.

In response to that article, I received an email from a person I'll call Sheila.

Sheila wrote about a dilemma she had recently experienced. Her son was sick with a high fever on the same day that she was supposedly to attend an extremely important meeting. This, of course, is a dilemma many parents face and it's one whose resolution is obvious: Sheila, of course, stayed home with her child.

However, Sheila reported that she was fearful of calling her boss to tell him she would not be at the meeting. Her fear of making the call added to her fears about her son's health “both of which kept me up part of the night” as she “ruminated” about making the call.

Sheila realized that her “biggest fear is the fear of disappointing people.

Than Sheila offered advice I want to share with you. As she was thinking about her fear, she remembered, “I had a great rabbi say to me,” So? “” So you are afraid, SOOO? Why are you letting that stop you? ”

This reminded me of some advice I had received when I was promoting my business, receiving a few “yeses” but mostly “nos.” A friend in sales said to me, “Some will, some will not, so what? Move on.”

“So what?” is a question we can ask in response to any of our fears. For Sheila, she was fearful of disappointing her boss. For me, it was the accumulation of “Nos.”

So to act courageously, you might apply the Rabbinical approach to your fear (“So?”) Or the sales approach. (“So what?”) Or you might consult Abraham Lincoln for inspiration: “You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time. ”

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Defeating Homophobia Through Accepting Yourself

How many times have you had to tell another individual that you being attracted to them? I know I have had to do this more than once in my life time. It usually happens during a seemingly everyday conversation with someone I just met or with whom I have a loose association. One example conversation went something like this:

Straight guy (SG): “So, what did you do this weekend?”
Me: “Oh not much, just hung out with my family and went to see a movie with my partner.”
SG: “That's cool. What did you see, did she enjoy the movie too?”
Me: “We saw (insert movie title here.) It was pretty decent.” Yeah, he liked the movie too. ”
SG: “Oh, um, that's cool … You know that I have a girlfriend / wife, right?”
Me: “Well, yeah.”
SG: “Well, I'm not gay or anything or anything like that.”
Me: “What does that have to do with what I did this weekend? You did ask.”
SG: “I gotta go. I got some stuff I need to do.”
Me: “…”

That was pretty much the last conversation I had with that guy. I was dumbfounded as to the direction the conversation went in, and its abrupt ending. I had a pretty good inkling as to what was going on but let it go. Later, via a separate individual, my thoughts were confirmed. The guy was homophobic. As well, he thought that by me essentially outing myself to him, that I had developed a physical appeal to him.

With that said, while I do not wear my sexuality on my sleeve, I do not hide who I am, and when asked I do not avoid the answer. I have become comfortable in my own skin. On the other hand, many men, straight and gay, are not. Not every gay man desires to have a sexual / romantic encounter, or a relationship, with every guy they see – including straight men. At the same time, men (and women) in general, have bought into a fairly twisted stereotype of what a man (or woman) is, does, and acts like. It is my belief that this skewed perception is more prevalent with straight guys, but there are a slue of gay men who go the extra mile to make it known that they are no sissy.

Our society – I'm mainly speaking of America – due to it's myriad of influencers such as, religion, ethnicity, and cultural beliefs, is a very unique mishmash of ideas and individuals. Yet one thing has yet to prevail through out the entire fabric of our populace is tolerance. I would venture to say that a lack of personal tolerance, or acceptance, is one of the root factors.

Maybe I'm a little too optimistic, but I firmly believe that once individuals first become at ease with themselves, they then can become accepting of others. I'm not saying that we have to like everyone we meet. I am saying that our society would be much better if we could become tolerant of ourselves and others.

Fortunately for me, I have straight friends and family members that are accepting of who I am. I do not have to hide or feel shame about any part of my life around them. I am free to be me. There are many gays who have the same freedom. Now, things did not happen overnight with everyone. It was a gradual process. Through love and understanding we were able to get to a place where what mattered was who we were in regard to our relations with each other, not who it was that anyone of us slept with.

In the meanime, as I navigate life meeting new people and developing new relationships I do so with the confidence of knowing that I, and others, fully accept me for who I am. There is no need to worry about those who have not come to a point where they are comfortable with who they are, so they feel uncomfortable around me. Being confident in knowing what my intentions are when I do approach people for conversation, networking, building friendships, etc., make life much easier to negotiate.

So, the next time you find that someone is not willing to have even a simple conversation with you because of their misconceptions of your intentions, just let it go. Be who you are, loving and accepting of yourself. That will shine through, and will attract to you others who are loving and accepting of themselves.

If you are still struggling with accepting who you are take comfort in the fact that you can get help. As a life coach I am skilled in helping you come to a place where you not only accept, but you love yourself too. The benefit of self approval is being able to put yourself on a journey where you accomplish the goals you have set for no one else but you. Make the decision to day to accept yourself. If you need help, contact me. It is my passion and mission to creatively teach people how to better themselves and to pursue their passions and goals.

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How Does a Person Who Has Vomit Phobia Manage to Raise Children?

If you have not heard about what emetophobia is and what it can do to a person's life, you probably are not in the minority. Emetophobia is plainly represented the irrational fear of vomit or anything hinting at vomit, and it's discussed very little in public. That's because most sufferers feel a fair amount of shame over having this serious condition.

In strong contrast to how little it's known in the public consciousness, it is in fact estimated to be the fifth most common phobia. And it can cause serious disabilities for a person suffering from it – many activities considered normal for an emetophobe are disturbing. These include things like driving or traveling in general, drinking alcohol, or simply going to a public restroom or eating out.

It is tough enough to be suffering from emetophobia, but if you combine the phobia and children, you have a recipe for potential disaster. The emetophobe will have to face up to his fears daily.

The fear of vomiting very common spreads to a more general fear of being sick or of germs in general. One of the hardest things for a person with emetophobia is to see a loved one being ill. This applies doubly so for women with this condition who have children and are forced to take care of them.

This is such a huge problem that some sufferers may even choose not to have children at all. The anxiety over getting morning sickness and throwing up, or that the child will get sick and they will be the only one that is able to take care of the child, simply overtakes their strength to face up to the fear.

There is hope, however. Having emetophobia does not have to immediately mean that the mother will have to deal with constant panic attacks. I know many women with emetophobia who have told me stories about how they have managed to deal with their children. There are instances where a child has thrown up and the mother has had to clean them up, without ever giving it a second thought.

Some of these accidents have even happened while driving, I have heard. In one case, luckily the father was driving and the mother was in the passenger seat. They dropped over, and she cleaned her child up, without getting nervous or going into a panic attack at all. These things do happen and I keep hearing these stories.

Emetophobia can be managed. And it sees that the extremely strong maternal instinct that women have can overcome all sorts of adversity. That is a dash of hope for those who do suffer with emetophobia and are parents or about to become one.

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Discover This Effective Emetophobia Treatment and Feel Happy With Your Life Again

Emetophobia – the fear of vomiting, can completely take over your life. It's not simply the fear of seeing vomit itself that is so devastating, but the fact that you can not stand even the slightest hint of somebody, somewhere vomiting. It's when the fear is so general it extends to what kinds of foods you deem safe to eat, if you drink alcohol, if you go to public restrooms, and so on.

It is a condition which significantly impacts your quality of life and can prevent you from living fully and happily. That's why I think it's such a matter of urgency and importance to focus on understanding this phobia and eventually over it.

There are a few options of emetophobia treatment available. The first and most widely known method is hypnotherapy. It has been shown to bring about significant improvement in certain individuals. Some people are more suggestible than others, so the effectiveness of hypnotherapy will depend on how well the therapist is able to bring you into hypnosis. It is certainly worth giving a good try, since it can have long-lasting effects.

However, hypnotherapy can cost a lot. Sometimes almost a fortune. This puts it outside the reach of the average person who is suffering from emetophobia.

The alternative is cognitive behavioral therapy. Explained in simple terms, it means taking control over your thoughts and realizing that what you're afraid of are the images and thoughts that you have, not actually anything in the outside world. This form of therapy focuses on understanding how you interpret the world around you and how you feel about different things.

The great thing about this form of therapy is that it can be done at home. Yes, the Emetophobia Eraser program is just such a thing – it is a program based on CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) methods. How does this work?

It comes as a whole package which consists of an e-book for reading on your computer, the audio version of the book, and a guided set of sessions in mp3 format. It's this last part – the recorded sessions, that acts as a form of therapy. These mp3 sessions are intended to be listened to regularly when the fear starts coming back.

This is not mentioned on Emetophobia Eraser's website itself, but I as someone who is recommending this program can let you in on a little secret: the program also comes with an unannounced bonus. Let me just say that this bonus explores the different facets of this type of anxiety, and it's quite an inspiring message which gives hope to many.

The e-book and the audio recording of it themselves form the core of the program, and they are, I can tell you, excellent. It is very, very obvious that the author, Rich, has put a lot of effort and hard work into putting this program together. And a good deal of passion as well. I can say that Rich understands your problem well and cares for you. That is a rare thing to have – it is as if you have a mentor show up in your life who takes you by the hand and shows you that there is a way out.

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What is Emetophobia, Also Known As Fear of Vomiting?

Emetophobia , or more plainly the fear of vomiting is derived from the Latin root emesis, which means vomiting. There is very little public awareness about this condition, but according to some estimates it's among the most common – one list places it at number five.

Many emetophobia sufferers keep quiet about it because they're embarrassed over it, so that's why there is so little publicity about it. And it really is a serious and debilitating condition – whereas with other phobias you can usually avoid the source of your fear. When you're afraid of flying, you can take the car instead.

What makes fear of vomiting such a big problem is that when you suffer this fear, you are afraid of YOURSELF. And there is no running away from yourself, the fear can accompany you everywhere. Life really is a tougher for emetophobia sufferers, and they have a higher risk for depression and anxieties.

What causes one to suffer from this condition? Usually it's an experience from one's earlier years when the person has had a negative and often traumatic event that created this association in their brain. Quite often parents have had a large role to play in this, for example by causing excess shame or guilt over throwing up.

There are many common factors that all emetophobes, or people who have fear of vomiting, share. This includes diving foods into safe and unsafe categories and refusing to eat food in the latter category, limiting traveling, not drinking alcohol. It's also very common to be afraid of eating in public or in any location where you can not control the preparation of food.

Something that often also accompanies fear of vomiting is a fear of people who are ill. This may be a clue into the causes of this condition. There have been very little studies done so not much can be conclusively said. Science has not given any definite explanation to the causes behind this fear. However, emetophobia sufferers can probably make a good guess about the experience that might be behind it.

There have been attempts at curing fear of vomiting, and some of them are more effective than others. Hypnosis has been claimed to work, as well as cognitive behavior therapy – which basically is about learning to take control over your thoughts and redirect them. The emetophobe will have to try out different therapies for themselves if they are to get an idea about the effectiveness of these.

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OMG! There’s a Germ on My Spoon!

Today I got a national health newsletter in the mail with this headline: DANGEROUS BACTERIA ARE EVERYWHERE!

OMG! There's GERMS out there! Run for the hills!

They are spreading the hype that bacteria is killing everyone, and you should buy their brand new whiz-bang product to kill those nasty germs. Many news shows are going around around different towns and wiping all sorts of surfaces, and guess what they're finding?

There's BACTERIA Everywhere!

-Deadly bacteria in dirty laundry (What? No way!) – salmonellosis and hepatitis A
-Clean laundry also has deadly bacteria – fecal matter
-Restaurant tabletops – coliform and flu viruses
-Kitchen sinks – more bacteria than the toilet!
-TV Remote Controls – flu viruses
-Liquid hand soaps in public restrooms – fecal matter – not just on the dispenser, but actually in the liquid soap itself! WTF?
-Grocery carts – fecal matter … fecal matter? Really? Do people really scratch their butts right before they get a shopping cart?

Many countries across this great Earth do not worry about all this crap, yet seem to live quite well. I just came back from a 2 month trip to Vietnam. No one worries about germs there:

* Pre-cooked food was left on the open stove all day to collect bacteria – only to be heated up to kill the bacteria later in the day for dinner. No refrigeration.
* Rice left out in the streets to dry out in the sun – cars drive by, people are walking around, birds fly over it.
* Using boiled water from the local river to wash dishes.

And guess what? I saw no one get sick while I was there – it's just a part of their everyday life. They live good, long healthy lives – average life expectancy is about 70 years. I saw many people in their 80's and 90's who were very healthy and active.

Everyday I ate at the local street tables like the locals do, not in the fancy restaurants. I even drunk the local tap water. I was exposed to all of the local bacteria, and after all of this exposure to GERMS, guess what happened? I got a small amount of diarrhea for a day or two when I first got there, but, after a couple of days, I must have gotten immune to it because I never got sick again, and I was there for 2 whole months!

I Survived!

I've lived over 45 years of my life without ever handling anti-bacterial wipes or lotions. Heck, we never even heard of anti-bacterial wipes / lotions when I was growing up. I'm 57 right now, and guess what? I'm still alive and healthy! OMG! It's a miracle! No, it's just common frickin 'sense. Once your body is exposed to bacteria and viruses, it builds up an immunity to the invaders. The more you let your immunity grow, the healthier your body gets. It's really amazing how your body works to keep you healthy if you let it.

I have friends who are germophobes, and they are always using anti-bacterial lotions yet they still get sick a lot! They are not allowing their bodies to do what they do best – build up immunity! By constantly using anti-bacterial wipes and lotions, you are training your local bacteria to become even stronger to counteract the anti-bacterial chemicals. Overuse of antibiotics is bringing on the development of super germs, which are requiring the drug companies to come out with stronger and and more expensive antibiotics. It's becoming a deadly spiral.

STOP THE MADNESS!

Learn to let your body keep you naturally healthy.

I know there are people who have genetically impaired immune systems. This article is not for that small percentage of the population. It's for everyone else.

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Phobias People Have About Their Home

Humans have a lot to be afraid of. Even though we are more capable at protecting ourselves than perhaps any other species on the planet, we are also aware of more dangers. Add to that our extremely complex and capable mind, and we are bound to get carried away by our fears sometimes. Many of the most common phobias are ones that occur in and around the home. Afraid? Give a name to your fear with these ten household phobias.

1. Arachnophobia: an irrational fear of spiders and other arachnids. This is by far the most common phobia among humans, as it is estimated that it affects over half of American women have it and a quarter of American men. This can be especially problematic if you find a spider in your home, because you may feel uncomfortable being or sleeping in that room.

2. Agoraphobia: a fear of open spaces, leaving your home, and or embarrassing situations. This fear can really trap someone in their home, as it is the only place they may feel comfortable and safe. Agoraphobia is a crippling condition because it can prevent people from engaging in normal social interactions and meeting people out of fear of rejection. Some remain housebound for years at a time.

3. Acrophobia: the fear of heights. Another extremely common fear, some people can experience panic or even vertigo when on a high floor in a building or while climbing a ladder. Even if you do not live on a high floor, regular home maintenance may call for climbing ladders, creating some inconvenience for the acrophobe.

4. Claustrophobia: the fear of small, defined spaces. Claustrophobes may have a problem with airplanes, trains, and even elevators. They may not be able to enter certain parts of their home, particularly attics and basements.

5. Mysophobia: the irrational fear of germs. This can translate into extreme hygiene and cleaning habits, similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Mysophobic people may wash their hands hundreds of times a day or wear a breathing mask in public. They may obsessively clean their home as well.

6. Amathophobia: the fear of dust. The home must be a terrifying place for those who suffer from the fear of dust. Dust is an extremely common occurrence, and depending on how large your home is and how many dust-collecting surfaces it has, attempts to battle it may be completely time consuming.

7. Ecophobia: the fear of home. Ecophobes may be nomadic or homeless, depending on their degree of fear. They will find a lifestyle that will allow them to avoid having a home.

8. Domatophobia: the fear of houses. Domatophobes are not opposed to having a conceptual home, as long as it is not a house or near houses. The inner city is an ideal place for domatophobes to tear.

9. Topophobia: the fear of being in certain places. Sometimes a particular memory or event that happened in a place has made it scary or upsetting to be there. In varying degrees, this is a common fear or disturbance, although it can be particularly damaging if that location is your home.

10. Koinoniphobia: the fear of rooms. This phobia can be very damaging to a normal existence, as it makes being indoors in general uncomfortable in some situations and unbearable in others.

Keep in mind, everyone has fears-even irrational ones-some of the time. So if your fear is cleaning, then maybe I can help … Please visit our Denver Cleaning Services website and click through to the blog for simple tips on keeping your living environment clean.

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Can Needle Phobia Hypnosis Help You Overcome Your Fear of Needles?

Fear of needles is one of those nasty fears that at first sight does not sound too much of a problem but, on further inspection, impacts your life a lot. Can needle phobia hypnosis help you to overcome your fear of needles?

Chances are that you first learned to be afraid of needles at an early age. Possibly when you visited your dentist and needed to be jabbed. Or maybe you accidently stabbed a finger or other part of you when you were playing as a child.

Whatever the reason, it's now impacting your life more than you'd like. Needles are used for vaccinations, local anesthetics and many other things. They also feature regularly on television shows and movies, so you can not escape them there either.

Which is where needle fear hypnosis can come into its own.

You'll be taken into a state of deep relaxation, either by your local hypnotherapist or more likely by listening to a downloaded MP3 hypnosis audio file.

Once the track gets you to that state, the voice will begin to reprogram your subconscious mind. There are several ways this can be done but the end result is much the same regardless of the approach. The track will work to convince your subconscious mind – the part that is reliving the fear of needles every time one threats to come into your life – that there is no clear and present danger from something that is designed to help protect you.

Needle phobia hypnosis may take a few listenings to fully take effect but there's a good chance your phobia will be lessened even with one hearing of the hypnosis track. It's an inexpensive way to get over this awkward fear.

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What Are the Causes of Emetophobia – The Fear of Vomiting?

The word emetophobia itself is derived from the Greek word 'emesis' which stands for vomiting, while the suffix -phobia means an illogical, debilitating fear of an object or situation. People who suffer from this condition are called emetophobes, and it simply means that they are terrified of vomiting or seeing vomit or seeing someone else vomit (even on a photo or on television).

The fear may extend to stimuli which are related to the feared object – such as simply being in a situation where such a threat exists, and being afraid of being sick in general. It is the overly general fear of the threat of corruption in a wide variety of situations that causes the most problems to sufferers. One common example is needing to control how food is prepared and needing it to be clean.

There is very little awareness of this phobia in the public consciousness. This despite being among the most common phobias, the 5th most common according to one estimate. Emetophobics are deeply embarrassed over being afraid of vomit and many sufferers feel that they are alone with this problem, and are not told to talk about it publicly.

That is why there have also been very little scientific studies done into the exact nature and causes of this phobia. If it were more thoroughly-researched, the results could point to one method of treatment over another as being more effective at treating the symptoms. But at this point in scientific inquiry no such distinction can be made.

There are many interrelated factors that cause the phobia in individuals. It is not limited to any one age group – both young and old people tend to have emetophobia. There are a few indicators that it may be more common in young adults.

Emetophobics are usually people that as young children experienced severe bouts of vomiting, or were exposed to someone else vomiting severely with a regularity. This may have been due to illness or pregnancy in their mother. Or if the child had a tendency for self-stimulated vomiting that leads to an increase risk. Another factor that is known to lead to phobia in some cases is going through gastrointestinal surgery. Some cases of this phobia have been due to mental disorders, or at least attributed so.

In one particular study conducted by Dr. Angela L. Davidson, it was concluded that emetophobics are people who are more likely to have what is called an internal locus of control in regard to their day-to-day life. The locus of control simply described shows where an individual thinks that control comes from. If the locus of control is internal, it means that the person believes that they have control over their own actions in a situation, while an external locus of control means that things are out of their control, sometimes in luck or fate. Note that this is a regular scale, not a black-and-white category.

The study explained how having an internal locus of control leads to becoming emetobic – individuals that are going through through bouts of vomiting find that this is within their control, but that it's hard to relinquish this control while vomiting, so leading to a phobia.

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How Fear of Vomiting Affects Your Everyday Life – Public Restrooms

Emetophobia, or more plainly the fear of vomiting is a debilitating condition affecting many people. But with the shame that sufferers feel over being afraid of this, it's mostly kept a secret, and so not many people are aware that such a phobia even exists. But it's estimated to be the fifth most common phobia.

Here is an example of how this condition affects such simple things as going to the restroom for someone who is an emetophobe. Public restroom are usually unpleasant places to go anyway, but it becomes a nightmare for someone who is afraid of vomiting or even anything that may suggest vomiting.

The phobia creeps into every aspect of a sufferer's life, since they can not take part in normal activities like the rest of the population can. It is unimaginable to someone who is not emetophobic to understand how large an impact it makes on one's life – it can completely take it over.

If you rarily think about it, it may not seem like a big deal – how often do you vomit or even see anyone vomiting? Not a lot, I would guess. But the fact that people who know nothing about this condition miss is that it's not the fear of vomiting itself that causes one to live on edge, but rather it's the threat, even the most remote threat, of vomiting taking place. Sitting around, worried that someone is going to throw up soon is probably a worse thing to have than the panic attacks.

So that might help you understand a little why going to a public restroom, for example in the mall, is such an incredibly difficult task for an emetophobe. According to one emetophobe, she went for a year avoiding going out simply because she would have had to use a restroom if she did go out. It was that bad.

When an emetophobe walks into a restroom, they do not see a restroom. They see a place where many other people have been there before her, and some of those people could have been sick. Thoughts jump around wildly for an emetophobia sufferer. They are afraid that if the person who visited a stall before them had the stomach flu. Because if they also picked it up, they might get ill and vomit. That's an incredible stress to bear.

Everything in a restroom is a source of distress – the door handles. What kind of sicknesses might the last person have had? The sink – what if someone had vomited up their lunch into it and left their germs there. What if while being in a stall, someone else runs up into the restroom and throws up in the stall right next to you?

These are just some of the pressures that emetophobes are put under when doing such tasks that appear to us as simple and mundane. But to someone who can not bear any indication of vomit or even being sick, it's traumatic.

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Going Out to Pubs and Bars When You’re Emetophobic

Emetophobia is the irrational fear of vomit. It is one of the least-known phobias, but it's estimated to be the fifth most common phobia in the world. Having this condition causes a great amount of shame to sufferers so it promises not to be talked about.

What makes emetophobia have such a strong influence on a person's everyday life is not the fear of actual vomit itself. The biggest problems arise because emetophobics overreact to any threat or small signs of the possibility of vomiting or seeing vomit. This makes them avoid or strictly control many activities which are necessary for day-to-day life.

One such example is maintaining a social life when you're emetobic. This can present numerous difficulties and challenges for someone who can not stand even the slightest hint of someone being sick or vomiting.

So what could be a worse place for an emotophobic to go to than a place where people get drunk – a bar? Not much. The equation goes straight through an emetophobic head: people + alcohol = vomit.

Emetophobics hate going to bars because they just KNOW that someone, somewhere will drink too much. It's impossible to control what others around you are doing and this is what causes a lot of anxiety to them. They fear that there will be a drunkard that does not reach the restroom in time or accidently stumbles on them. To someone with emetophobia, a bar is simply a time bomb about to go off.

Among the many other things a sufferer avoids, it is very common, almost universal to find that the aromatic avoids drinking alcohol. The connection between drinking just slightly too much and vomiting is too strong. So when they do go to a bar, they will most likely be the designated driver, being the sober one in the group.

And having to drive home a group of drunk people in an enclosed space means terror to an emetophobe. They have to drive in the constant fear that somebody will ask them to pull over, or simply vomit in the car. Most emetophobes can not pull this off.

Another thing – even if the emetobic person manages to get himself or herself to go to a bar, maybe getting a single drink, probably not, but there's still a huge challenge. And that is going to the restroom. Going to a clean restroom in a high-end mall is a tough challenge by itself for any emetobic, but going to a restroom where people probably have thrown up if not that night, then at some time in the past, is almost sure to bring on a panic attack.

Hopefully this article will give you an idea of ​​the kinds of challenges an emetobic person goes through every day of his life. If you think about it rationally, the fear of vomit should not be so debilitating, but it's when the fear is about any threat of vomit, that's when you start to see it's a serious problem.

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How to Get Over Your Fear of Flying

The fear of flying is a very common one. In fact, it is so common, that there are a large number of people who would prefer to drive very long distances rather than get on a plane.

In some ways, being afraid of flying is very natural thing. After all, there's a lot of truth in the saying that if God had wanted us to fly he would have given us wings.

The problem is that fear of flying can hold us back in life. It can stop us going on holiday if that involves flights. It can hold us back at work if we are unable or unwilling to get on a plane to go to a business meeting for instance.

So, what can you do to get over your fear?

Start by working out the root cause of your problem. Is it that you're afraid of heights? Is it that you do not like being enclosed in a reliably small space? Is it the lack of control?

All these, and more, are reasons for people being afraid of flying. If you're able to identify which of these – or a different problem – is the main cause of your fear of flying then you're long way towards winning the battle.

If, on the other hand, you're not particularly sure what the problem is then it pays to get help.

There are specialist courses available that are specially designed to help you get over your phobia of flying. Check with your local airport or airline to see when the next one is.

Another option is to use hypnosis to get over your phobia. This is a very discreet way of overcoming the problem as all you need to do is download an MP3 file and listen to it. No one else need know how you overcame your fear. All they need to know is you are now happy to get on a plane and fly.

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Conquering Gephyrophobia – What Can You Do to Rid Yourself of the Fear of Bridges?

Fortunately, the fear of bridges is reliably rare. However, that does not particularly help if you are unfortunate enough to have a phobia of bridges.

So apart from getting involved in long and arduous journeys to avoid bridges what are your other options if you really are afraid of bridges?

Start by going back in your mind to work out when you first became afraid of bridges. There may have been an accident in your life or you might have seen something on television that triggered some part of your mind to cause you to develop this fear.

Whatever the event is, it affected you deeply enough to trigger your mind into wanting to protect you every time you encounter a bridge.

In an evolutionary sense, that's great! It's how we evolved as a species and learned to avoid things that were dangerous to us. But bridges are a necessary part of our modern life. It's a lot quicker to cross the river using a bridge than it is to wait for a ferry to arrive, if one even exists on the stretch of water that you want to cross.

Sometimes it's possible to plan your journey so that you can avoid bridges, but other times the detour is certainly long for it to be a really major problem to plan any route whatever that does not involve crossing a bridge.

Another option is to seek help. There are hypnosis tracks available on the Internet you can download and listen to and these will often be all you need to remove your fear of bridges completely.

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