Many people harbor fears of snakes. There are obvious reasons for this. These reptiles are well-known for the deadly venom of their bite. Although most species of snake do not have a poisonous bite, the ones that do have effectively determined snakes' overall reputation. In addition to their bite, many snakes have a frightening style of motion. They can move stealthily and low to the ground; they can strike their prey suddenly, without any warning. Furthermore, snakes have facial characteristics that many people fear. Their beady eyes and fixed grins appear utterly inhuman. Their dry and scaly skins also contribute to many people's phobias.

When Fear Is A Problem

In urban areas of the US and UK, people with severe snake phobia can lead normal lives most of the time. They are inadvertently to encounter the scaly creatures outside of zoos, pet stores, and, sometimes, friends' houses. However, what if someone who is afraid of these reptiles has to, or desires to be, in an environment where he or she is likely to encounter snakes? A classic example of this is in the Indiana Jones movies. The life of the title character would have been significantly easier if he did not harbor a phobia of snakes.

One real-life situation in which it would be problematic to be afraid of these animals is hiking. People who fear the snake must refrain from hiking in some of the most scenic parts of California. In fact, crawling reptiles inhabit most of the wilderness areas of North America. In short, anyone who aspires to spending a large portion of his or her life exploring the outdoors would be severely hampered by an undue fear of serpents.

How People Have Dealt With The Fear Of Snakes

Most people are afraid of slithering serpents to some extent. Historically, those who fears of serpents have adjusted to severe phobia (as well as those exhibiting a typical degree of nervousness around the creatures, who simply wanted to become more comfortable around them), have tried to overcome their fear by exposing themselves to different varieties of snake. There are classes on how to properly handle gentle garden snakes, pythons, and even poisonous rattlesnakes and pit vipers. However, some people just seem to have a mental block, or an instinctive reaction, that causes them to panic every time they so much as see a snake. For these people, know amount of animal handling knowledge seems to help. A snake-handling class might only traumatize them more, especially if they panic and cause an incident.

NLP Is A Possible Solution

One often-overlooked solution for conquering irrational fears, including an excess reaction to slithering reptiles, is NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). NLP is an excellent way to change one's conditioned responses, which most phobias are considered to be. With NLP, you'll learn to recognize the extremely predictable thinking patterns that lead to your fear. Then, you'll be able to change those thought patterns, and re-train yourself. Many of the most effective therapists use a combination of NLP and hypnosis techniques to change clients' reaction of fear into one of calmness and confidence. In this way, clients overcome their fears of snakes surprisingly quickly.