Effective Ways of Overcoming a Social Phobia

Many individuals suffer from a social phobia which is an extreme fear of crowds or social situations that cause them to have symptoms that include trembling, shaking, excessive sweating, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and nausea. This type of anxiety disorder can significantly affect the quality of an individual's life and can lead to a more serious type of anxiety disorder known as agoraphobia which can cause an individual to become conferred to there home seriously affecting there social life and ability to maintain employment.

While the symptoms of a social phobia can seem overwhelming, there are many methods and techniques that can help an individual overcome their anxiety that include professional and self-help. There are a variety of self-help methods that can aid individuals in overcoming their anxiety and vary from one individual to another as to what may work best. These methods include reducing or limiting stimulants such as beverages containing caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Getting the proper amount of sleep can also help those with a social phobia as a lack of sleep can intensify the symptoms of anxiety. Learning relaxation techniques including certain breathing methods can also help reduce or eliminate anxiety symptoms.

If you have a social phobia, chances are you also have negative thoughts that contribute to your symptoms of anxiety such as thoughts that include a negative perception of what other individuals will think of you or negative thoughts about yourself such as whatever you may have to say during a social situation will seem foolish or boring. Challenging these negative thoughts and replacing them with more positive ways of thinking can significantly reduce or eliminate your symptoms of anxiety. There are also other methods of social strategies that many individuals have utilized successfully in overcoming their social phobia.

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An Overview of the Three Main Categories of Phobias

Phobias are an extreme unrealistic fear of places, situations, or specific objects. There are three main categories of phobias which include social phobias, agoraphobia, and specific phobias.

Most individuals have some type of phobia such as having to take an exam or making a public speech and will experience a brief period of fear or anxiety in these situations. However, individuals who have an extreme phobia will have intense physical and emotional distress that can last a long period of time and be disruptive to their everyday life. While not all types of phobias require treatment, severe cases – such as agoraphobia – require therapy and sometimes medication to overcome the fears.

Social Phobia and Agoraphobia and Specific Phobias

Individuals who suffer from the anxiety disorder of social phobia have an extreme fear of social events or public places. This fear is based upon their false perception that they will be scrutinized and embarrassed, humiliated, harshly judged or criticized.

In several cases of social phobia an individual can withdraw from all social activities and even have trouble keeping a job that involves interaction with others. In some cases, this isolation can lead to severe depression, financial difficulties, and substance abuse. The symptoms of a social phobia can often mimic that of a panic disorder or agoraphobia.

Agoraphobia is defined as “fear of open spaces” and is an anxiety disorder that can be extremely debilitating to the individuals who suffer from it. Individuals with agoraphobia suffer from panic attacks and have an extreme fear of crowed or public places where they feel they can not escape such as shopping malls, elevators, or airplanes.

In several cases of agoraphobia the individual can become confined to their home as their fear of having a panic attack is so overwhelming that they are unable to go out in public. Specific phobias are a phobia involving a specific object, circumstance, or situation. There are numerous types of specific phobias which include snakes, spiders, public transportation, and water.

Symptoms and Treatment

The signs and symptoms of a phobia disorder are all very similar in nature regardless of what type of phobia it is and include intense anxiety in the situations that are feared, going to extremes to avoid any places, objects, or situations that cause the fear and anxiety, having a panic attack, and the physical symptoms of a rapid heartbeat, sweating, and shortness of breath.

Phobias do not typically go away on their own, and in severe cases that interfere with the functioning of a normal life, medical treatment is required. These treatments typically consist of of psychotherapy in mild cases and may be a combination of therapy and medication in more severe disorders.

The therapy most commonly used with these types of disorders is exposure therapy or “systematic desensitization” which includes imagining or coming into contact gradually with situation or object that is feared. Fortunately, with the proper diagnosis and treatment plan, the majority of individuals with these types of disorders can alleviate their symptoms and overcome their fears.

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Truth Or Consequences, Could Your Germaphobia Come Back to Bite You?

Everywhere you go, germs and bacteria surround you and so does the fear of how they may harm you. The media is arranged with sensational stories about the hidden germs in hotel rooms, and the ever-encroaching threat of foreign and exotic, even life-threatening viruses. We have become obsessed with germs and bacteria, but bacteria are everywhere – around us and inside us. And even though we know that not all bacteria are harmful, we are constantly seeking to eliminate them … consequences be damned!

Creeping In: How The Seeds of Germaphobia Were Sowed

Our national obsession with germs and bacteria may have started as far back as the Civil War but seems to have taken root in the early public health campaigns of New York City. With the advent of clean drinking water and new sewer systems, a new level of awareness regarding the importance of cleanliness and good hygiene as well as the hidden health threats looming in filthy, unsanitary conditions.

Many of our beliefs around gases and disease may have been fueled by the work of Pierre Bechamp, and later, Louis Pasteur. Pasteur is well known as the scientist who bought us “Germ Theory” and led us to believe that germs from the outside world invade our bodies and “cause” disease, which is why we have to kill them before they kill us. In an ironic twist, it turns out that Pasteur had plagiarized some of the work of Bechamp, who demonstrated that it's the “terrain” (meaning the environment inside your body) that matters more than the germs themselves. Pasteur distorted the work of Bechamp and made a name for him self by asserting that it was the other way around. As he lay on his deathbed, he admitted that Bechamp was right when he uttered “The microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything.”

The proliferation of Pasteur's “germ theory” combined with the success of early public health campaigns historically gain a rise to a new generation of household cleaners, personal care products, and drugs designed to kill bacteria and germs. Juliann Sivulka's extensive research, presented in Stronger than Dirt: A Cultural History of Advertising Personal Hygiene in America, suggests some of the “anti-microbial” advertising began as early as 1875 and continued well through the twenty century.

Without any guidance on how to lead healthier lives and strengthen our immune systems to better handle the biological challenges we may encounter, we're increasingly coming to relly on anti-bacterial (and potentially toxic) products like bleach, ammonia, isopropyl alcohol, and more recently, hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soaps, to assuage our fears. Many of these products now contain worrisome ingredients like Triclosan, a derivative of Agent Orange, which over-use is creating new resistant strains of bacteria or “Super Bugs.” Ironically, these Super Bugs pose an even greater threat to our future ability to resist infection and disease, which begs the question is our fear of germs really helping us or could it inadvertently hurting us? Knowing the genesis of our “germaphobia,” it's not hard to see how the work of a misguided scientist coincided with larger commercial interests to bring us to this point.

Germaphobia: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

There's no question that there are harmful bacteria that can make you very sick or even kill you – the SARS and Swine Flu strains being the most recent threats that come to mind. But we can not let our fears of these viruses blind us to the potential harm that comes from trying to kill all germs and bacteria (real or imagined). Or more to the point, what's the hidden price we pay when we use a product or take a drug that's designed to kill “bad” bacteria but it also kills “good” bacteria in the process?

Our intestines are loaded with “good” bacteria (intestinal flora) that help break food down so the body can make use of its nutrients. Much of the “good” bacteria in your digestive tract also protects you from poisons in food and other infections like yeast infections which thrive on excess sugar in your gut. When you have an infection (like a bladder or upper respiratory infection), the antibiotic your doctor prescribes kill both good and bad bacteria. While you may rid yourself of one problem, in killing the “good” bacteria, you may be getting another problem. Women often get a yeast infection as a direct result of taking antibiotics for other infections. Then they are given a different antibiotic to address that problem and the cycle perpetuates. Or, as is often the case, the condition clears up only to return months or even years later.

This phenomenon, when played out on a big scale, can have significant consequences, as was the case in 2007, when there was a huge outbreak in drug-resistant staph infections. While this has been an ongoing problem in hospitals, it was rare to see an outbreak of this magnitude in schools and even the locker rooms of professional sports teams. Thanks to our incantant use of antibiotics, this bacterial strain has become immune to what was previously used to kill it. The result? Each year in the United States, we lose almost 18,000 people to this type of infection. Ironically, it seems the only cure is to further the cycle by creating stronger (and theoretically better) antibiotics.

The good news is that science is beginning to recognize that we've gone too far with antibiotics and is looking at the use of gentler, safer plant-based alternatives. Tea Tree essential oil, with its strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, has shown promise in a number of different studies as a safe and effective way of killing “bad” bacteria without destroying the “good.” It is widely used in Australia (where it grows in abundance) to successfully treat conditions like yeast infections and Athlete's Foot.

In his book “Life Helping Life,” Dr. Daniel Penoel, a renowned expert in medical aromatherapy, points out that Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has great potential as an antibacterial agent, but its different from conventional antibiotics in that it attacks only destructive bacteria. It was “created from life to help life,” so it knows what to do. Other essential oils that show promise in the treatment of bacterial infections include Thyme, Oregano, and Clove Bud. And a number of other essential oils with their anti-viral properties, have been identified as strong immune system defenders. To put things in perspective, studying the use of essential oils in the treatment of illness and disease is a required part of the curriculum at medical schools in France, indicating their validity as a legitimate alternative.

The world is undeniably full of bacteria. Both modern medicine and society have long exceeded the boundaries of sensible practices in their respective approaches to dealing with it. Only by taking a step back and openly embracing natural alternatives will it be possible to successfully turn the tide of antibiotic-resistant infections that threatenens us today.

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Public Speaking – Overcome the Panic and Anxiety

Many people that may otherwise seem confident and self assured in other areas of their lives experience high levels of panic and anxiety when they have to address an audience. Fear of public speaking has often been observed to rank higher than the fear of death. This article discusses the fear of public speaking and how to overcome the panic and anxiety that may cripple you.

Some people that experience panic and anxiety attacks and are set to give a speech or address an audience often experience major worry weeks or months before the speaking engagement and being able to accomplish this task without having a panic or anxiety attack. The public speaking can be any setting whether a podium or an office meeting or a class presentation, or being asked to give an opinion or feedback.

In an office setting, this can be detrimental since you will be so afraid that you do not add anything to a meeting and remain quiet doing the meeting. In offices where you need to be noticed, you will often be passed up for promotion even when you work the hardest.

The fear usually centers on having a panic or anxiety attack while you are speaking and being unable to complete the speaking engagement because the panic takes over and the constructive thinking required flees. You will imagine fleeing in an undignified manner and making up excuses later for your behavior.

Others who fear public speaking simply fear blanketing or feeling uncomfortable under the scrutiny of others. They may experience jitters or nervs but they are not familiar with the panic attack or the debilitating threat that sufferers of panic and anxiety experience.

How do you overcome the fear of public speaking as a panic or anxiety sufferer?

Embrace the unnerving sensations that you experience when you think about public speaking because they may never go away in their inheritance. Simply approach them differently when they come over you when giving a speech or in a meeting.

In order to overcome this fear, you need to build your confidence back to the levels that were before the unnerving sensations came over you that usually cause you to flee because you fear the onset of a panic or anxiety attack.

You need to realize that no matter how tough, it gets, you'll finish the speech and not flee and that you will not become incapacitated at all if you continue with the speech. When you believe that you are not in any danger, you will be able to overcome the sensations and panic attack.

It is often common to experience anxiety before the speech and to feel that that you are letting yourself down with the anxiety. Simply take a breath and relax and know that this is okay and that it is natural to feel anxious.

Do not try to push the emotional energy and excitement into your stomach but simply move through it by remembering yourself that you are okay and that you will not die. No one has ever died from giving a speech. Remind yourself that you can handle anything without giving into the panic attack.

If your major fear of speaking is caused by a feeling of being trapped, prepare some mental releases before the speech such as turning the attention back to the audience member for feedback on some of your points if allowed. Have people introduce themselves, ask if anyone has questions, etc, which will relax you and your audience.

Sometimes podiums can disconnect you from the audience so grab the mike and wander the stage. Look at people one by one which shrinks the room and further reduces the anxiety. If you are stumped, discuss your team and tell the audience about the other experts on your team that will be able to assist with the question and return a suitable response.

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Fear of Flying – Oh My God, the Wings Are Falling to Bits!

To the frequent flyer, the various sights, smells and noises encountered on an aircraft are barely noticed.

For the person who only flies occasionally, or most especially anyone who's afraid of flying, these can be perplexing at best and downright terrifying at worst. I thought that by giving you an idea of ​​what may be encountered after you've taken your seat, it might help to alleviate your fears a bit. In fact, if you watch and listen for these sights and noises, it should take your mind off the fear you may be feeling.

Like any machine, every aircraft makes a unique sound. When the aeroplane's doors have been shut, probably the first thing you'll notice is the brief 'pushback' as the tractor towing the aircraft pushes it onto the runway. You may hear the tractor's engine too. While the tractor's busy doing its pushing, the aircraft's engines will start.

Immediately prior to them starting, the air conditioning will be turned off. The reason for this is that the airflow is required to turn the turbines. Once the engines have started, back will come the air conditioning.

The aircraft will then start to taxi to the runway. This can be a bit of a bumpy ride, I'm afraid! During this period, the pilots start their pre-flight checks, so you may feel the brakes being applied a couple of times. No, you're not about to crash. They're just testing them.

Also at this time, you'll notice various parts of the wings move up and down. No, bits are not flying off the wings. These are known as ailerons, spoilers and flaps.

Since the engines are running, and the plane's moving, you may be under the impression that the aircraft's at full power. It is not. First, the aircraft will line up on the runway, and then the throttles will be advanced to take-off power. This is quite a noise, so try not to be alarmed. Also, you may feel the aircraft jump forward a little as the brakes are released.

When the plane actually starts to move and make its take-off run, you'll probably feel little bumps, like a car going over cats-eyes in the road. In fact, this is rather what's happening. There are lights that illuminate the runway center-line, and the nose wheel is lined up to go over these.

Shortly after the aircraft has actually taken off, the wheels will be raised back into the aircraft. Since they're activated by hydraulics, you may hear a couple of 'clunks' as the hydraulic pressure is applied and removed.

Soon after the aircraft's taken off, during the period when it's still climbing, the nose may be lowered and you may hear a drop in engine noise. This is to comply with any noise abatement code that may be in place.

The last thing you'll see and hear will be the sound of the flaps retracting back into the wings. I assure you they're not bits flying off. The flaps are used to help the plane during take-off.

I hope this little explanation will help allay your fears to some extent

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Proven Emetophobia Treatment Gets Rid of Fear Forever

Maybe you have a fear of vomiting and you do not know what's going on. You may have had this fear all your life, and you may or may not know that there is a name for it. But you're probably reading this article because you are looking for an Emetophobia Treatment. The diagnosis is clear, now what.

It's not something that people openly bring up or add into a conversation. Many people who are looking to cure emetophobia are embarrassed at their situation. They may SEEM like introverts because they hardly ever leave the house. And when in public, they may seem a little paranoid and insecure.

It's not just the fear of vomiting that these people have, it's also the fear of seeing someone else hurl. Even reading about it is a bit of a stretch, but it needs to be done in order for a person looking for ways of overcoming emetophobia to finally succeed.

You can not exactly cure emetophobia because it is not a a physical condition. It's not a virus, like a cold or flu. It's more of an emotional issue. And do not feel like you're alone. According to research studies, over six percent of the US population has a fear of vomiting. It's the seventh most common type of phobia, rating up there next to panic attacks and claustrophobia.

It's not unusual for people to look outside of medicine for emetophobia treatments. Since it is a physical condition, many times recognizing what caused it in the first place is where you should start. You may have to look back into your childhood to see if you ever had a bad flu or got food poisoning and had a violent, unpleasant experience. Usually people who develop emetophobia have this unpleasant experience between the ages of six and ten.

Emetophobia Treatments can be in a few different forms. Many times just recognizing how you got it and going through the proper steps acknowledge that point can help a lot. There are self-help type books that are fairly inexpensive, compared to treatment by an MD, that can help you overcome emetophobia on your own.

The fear of vomiting is not a pleasant subject, but the sooner you recognize that there are things you can do to help you enjoy eating again, and become more social, the better. Being trapped in your house for the rest of your life is a lonely prospect, and the longer you wait for start emetophobia treatment, the worse it will get.

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Overcome Your Fear of Driving

One major concern drivers have is tailgating. It seems to be that no matter where you go there is always going to be an idiotic driver that looks to think it is OK to tailgate. Some drivers will even put their selves over the speed limit to put some distance between the two vehicles for fear that if they do have to break suddenly the tailgating car will collide with their vehicle.

It is important to remember that speed restrictions are their for a reason and should always be obeyed. Even if you find yourself with an idiot driver too close to your vehicle. Believe if you are stopped for breaking a speed limit you will have consequences and being the victim of tailgating is not an excuse.

Overcoming a fear of driving can be a daunting task. Once we acknowledge it fact that we do have this fear of driving we are a step in the right direction. The first thing you should do is speak to your friends and family about this and you will probably find that others feel this way too. This gives you a support network of people you can turn to for advice and tips on what they have done to keep driving.

Big cities are especially bad for this as everyone seems to be in a hurry and do not take notice of speed restrictions etc. This is when driving gets dangerous. By having someone tailgate you and possibly even be on the phone or texting etc. These are the drivers you need to distance yourself from. The best course of action is always to allow them to pass safely and then you can carry on with your journey knowing that they are not very much followed by an idiotic driver.

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Your Guide to Emetophobia Symptoms and Solutions

Hmm now from what a dictionary may tell all of us, emetophobia is defined as a fear of vomit or vomiting. What the dictionary does not tell you, however, is that it is the 5th most common phobia in the entire world and that it torments millions upon millions every minute of their lives.

Derived from Greek origin, etmos in Greek means vomit, hence the name emetophobia.

What are some symptoms of this phobia, you may ask? Well, in general, if you can not stand the thought of vomit or vomiting in the least, then that alone is a clear sign that you have emetophobia. Also, is you are unwilling to go inside of a hospital, go out to eat with your friends, or go into certain public places, that that also is a sign that emetophobia is present. And if it is so severe that you can not be in the same room as a sick person, then you should probably get some help for it.

Why is this important to you, though? Well primarily, you are missing on a lot of your life just by having this phobia. What do I mean by this? Emetophobia is a nasty phobia, and controls your life and you are unable to live with everything you want, regardless if you are aware of it. Also, this condition holds you back and hinders you from having many different carers. Careers like teaching, nursing, cashier, etc. all involve human interaction on a daily basis, and having emetophobia will make you not want to be around people that much.

While tons of people are not aware that they have this, those of you reading have a pretty good idea of ​​the phobia you have, and understanding your condition is the first step to curing it, which truly is the ultimate goal.

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Cure Emetophobia Today

The fifth most popular phobia in the world. Derived from the ancient Greek word, “etmos.” One of histories greatest fears, and millions have it without even realizing it or knowing the name. Yes, I am speaking of emetophobia, and you are obviously reading this for information to cure emetophobia.

Now why do you want to get rid of this? You must first ask yourself this question, as it is the first step within the equation. Could it be that you are fed up with not being able to go out to dinner or the theater because you are in constant fear that the employees there are not hygienic? Do you wish to pursue a career which involves human interaction on a daily basis but are afraid that the next person you serve had a stomach flu?

If this even sounds a little bit like you, then it is a 95% chance that you have this phobia, and that you are just ready to call it quits with it. Problem is, you can not just stop emetophobia whenever and though you may like, instead you need some expert help on the matter.

If you have seen a psychiatrist on the matter to cure emetophobia, then you must know that they do not understand that you are suffering from it. Until you experience emetophobia first hand, then I'm afraid you must not understand. They would often tell you to put yourself into places that make you wish to throw up, and as this may work, it is not always the most comfortable situation.

If you are indefinitely ascertain to finally cure emetophobia today and never have to think about it ever again, then I'm to ask one thing of you. I ask of course of your determination. I only ask this because many others try to put this off, but I know you can do it, and do it today.

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Truth About Emetophobia Cures

So … What is Emetophobia ?: Emetophobia is best defined as the intense fear of vomit, vomiting, sickness, or even sometimes germs. It can plague anyone, especially those who have weak stomachs towards these types of things.

Alright, but exactly how common is this? It is the world's 5th most common phobia, and millions have it without even knowing the scientific name for it. With over six billion people in our world, there is bound to be millions upon million who are tormented with this phobia every single day.

Okay then, what emetophobia cures are there? While there are many gimmicks out there such as hypnosis readings and all of that stuff, I only suggest using this one method that will produce results within one day of using it.

In on day? But how? This 4-step program is specifically designed to help you with your emetophobia so that you may get over your fear of vomit. It is also monitored by experts in that area who have deal with it or have helped others deal with it as they went along.

Why does it matter though? It is vital that you do this because emetophobia is just a hindrance, and all it does is hold you back from eating out with friends, going to hospitals, or even to pursue different careers that involve human interactions on a daily basis.

Can it wait? I do not know, do you want to suffer any longer than this? Let's cut to the chase – it is vitally important that you take action today and cleanse yourself of this terrible phobia before it gets any worse.

Why do I have to take action today? If you do not do it today, then you will just keep putting it off and putting it off and it will never be cured.

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Now, Just What is Emetophobia?

As you read this, you mar or may not be curious on what is emetophobia. For those of you who are, it is defined as the fear of vomit or vomiting, and is the 5th most collective phobia there is. Afflicting numbers as high as the one hundred millions, day after day it makes its victims feel uneasy, and for good reason.

A few symptoms that have been recognized with emetophobia are getting sick at the very thought of vomit or vomiting, or not being able to be in the same room as a sick person, and everything in between.

Why this matters? If you or a family member or loved one has this phobia, then you must know first hand how much this can cripple your life. But how simple a phobia do that, Austin? Simply put, emetophobia, whether you realize it or not, prevents you to experience everything that you could want to do in life, such as certain career choices or even hanging out with your friends. A few carers that you would most likely not be able to do is being a clerk, teaching, doctoring, or anything that involves human interaction, because there is always going to be somebody with a cold.

It can cause you to not be able to be around your friends when going out to eat, going to movies, or stuff like that because you are creepily worried about the hygiene of the workers.

Maybe I could just do it later … Now what kind of attitude is that? Let's cut to the bottom line: if you do not try to find help to this problem you are going to keep procrastinating and procrastinating until, wait, it never does happen! This is the case of many, so you must be determined to kiss this phobia goodbye before you start to cure.

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Treating Emetophobia Quickly

Now you may be wondering, “Hey, just what exactly is emetophobia?” Well to those of you who have not heard of it, it is defined as a fear of vomit or vomiting, and is the fifth most common phobia in the entire world. To others it may not seem like a very big deal, but when if you are a sufferer from this tormenting phobia, it controls parts of your life.

The word originates from the Greek word “etmos” which means vomit. Since this is defined as a fear of vomit, they named it accordingly.

“Its no big deal, just shrag it of easy” No! “You can not just shrug this off and keep living the way you are! You know that you have a problem with a fear of vomit, and it is extremely important that you take action and make yourself at liberty.

Why you need to fix this: Having emetophobia will hinder your life if you have it, and often holds you back from doing things such as eating out, being able to be in the same room as a sick person, or even to pursue certain career choices, such as being a nurse, doctor, teacher, or anything which could involve being around different people in general.

Take Action Today : It is of utmost importance that you take action today, and live your life in full control. I can tell you how easy it is to just lay back and tell yourself that you will do it at a later date, but you most like will. Do it today and save yourself from this constant fear.

Get Determined: You determination is something I must ask of you. I can not stress this enough, that you need to get determined and really want to kick this fear and make it go away permanently !

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Getting Rid of Emetophobia

Derived from the ancient Greek word “etmos”, emetophobia is best recognized with the fear of vomiting, and agonizes millions of people each and everyday.

Just what is the big deal with emetophobia? Well basically, it makes people's lives harder to deal with, so making them not being able to do certain activities or have certain careers. For example, you sometimes have to be careful about which comedy movies you watch, if in case there is a funny puking skit. Or otherwise your dream to become a necessity of some sort, but are hindered at the thought of dealing with sick people?

But do not lose hope! There is a solution!

And no I am not speaking of doing that hypno analysis stuff, I am talking about stuff that you really understand. This method will certainly save you from this constant fear and you will be able to live a normal life, careful to not think about how disgusting and fearful vomiting is.

But if you are interested in getting rid of emetophobia, then you first must ask yourself why you are feeling that way. Perhaps you were born to think that it is full of disease, or maybe it was taught to you when you were young. Basically, you gotta know what part of emetophobia scares you. Is it the germs within the vomit? Is it that it may make you have to puke? Or is it simply the act of vomiting which upsets you so great?

Something that you may want to give a shot is placing yourself in situations which make you want to throw up. This can help in the way that it adjusts and prepares your body and mind to not think about vomiting, and even when it happens, then it certainly would not be such a terrible thing.

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Overcome Emetophobia in One Day

If you are reading this, then you probably have a good punishment on what emetophobia is. But if you do not, then emetophobia is defined as an intense fear of vomiting, and is actually the fifth most common phobia in the entire world.

This phobia has traumatized millions of people through history, and it can lead to several problems. Left untreated, people with this condition may become so paranoid at the fear of vomiting that they have the need to carry a puking bucket where they may go. In fact, you can easily become one of those people.

But if you are determined, then there is hope and a solution for you readily available, and it will make you overcome emetophobia in one day While there are many methods out there which include hypnosis, I am talking about more practical methods which produce results in one days time. “But Austin, how can you be so sure of this?” Well to answer that, these methods have been analyzed by experts in the field trying to cure this phobia and get it out of our lives.

But before we cut to the chase, I'm going to ask you a very simple question and answer accordingly: why? That's right, I want you to figure out why you could possibly have this phobia, and the why to this could solve a mountain of information for yourself.

A method that you may want to try out involves you placing yourself in situations that might make you want to throw up, such as carnival rides, car rides, or anything that makes you nauseous. Why would you do this to yourself help your situation? Well, simply put, this way should adjust your mind set and attitude towards vomiting, which in turn could have made your phobia diminish a little bit.

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Confronting Fear

Emotions add spice to our lives. Psychologists have spent years of research in understanding the causes and effects of emotions on human activity, both physical and mental. One of the most intriguing is the emotion of fear. Psychologists define fear as the emotional response to an alleged threat; simply the awareness and anticipation of perceived danger. Self-preservation is one of the primary urges of mankind and fear is the cause of the survival instinct against any potential external threat. Fear is one feeling that brings about a lot of physical activity in the human body. Some of them may be faster heart beat, dryness in the mouth because of the improper functioning of the salivary glands, sweating (especially in the palms), tightness in the abdomen etc.

The autonomous nervous system is responsible for the visceral functions of the human body. The two responses that keep the functions of the body in balance are sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic responses allow the body to function under duress. Parasympathetic allows the body to repose and relax, thereby having an absolutely opposite effect on the body from that of the sympathetic. Fear can be better understood as one of the conditions stimulated by sympathetic responses in the body. The response is caused by the release of adrenaline, noradrenaline and the steroid cortisol.

The process is always physical, chemical and then rational. As soon as the body comes in contact with an external fear stimulant, the sympathetic responses of the body are activated resulting in the release of chemicals. Every time a person encounters a situation where he experiences fear, the human mind chooses between two options, fight or flight. In order to prepare itself for the fight-or-flight mode, the body automatically performs a number of functions so as to be ready for either a quick action or a quick escape. The heart rate increases and pumps more blood to the muscles and brain. The air intake in the lungs is faster in order to supply oxygen to the body. The pupils of the eyes dilate to improve vision. And the activity in the digestive and urinary systems slows down for those particular moments to facilitate the mind to concentrate on the thing at hand. The third step is rational, where the mind reasons either the stimulant is actually harmful or not. Sometimes, the same situation or physical condition can be experienced without any apprehensive stimulant, person or situation. Such a condition is termed as 'Anxiety'. Fear holds close relation with many phenomena, such as, worry, caution, horror, and panic.

The intensity of fear varies. It is a part of evolution for human beings. Most of the time fear depends on the conditioning of a child's mind. Conditioned fear infuses dread for other harmless and inconsequential things being associated with danger. Past experiences also serve as conditioners. For instance, once a child is hurt as a result of burning his finger after touching a hot pan, he invariably takes precaution the next time. This is termed as the mildest forms of fear; precaution. Suppose a child has experienced being shut alone in an elevator, he may develop claustrophobia in the later years of life. This is a more intensified feeling of fear. A phobia can rouse frustration to the extremes. Experiences of fear may be forgotten by the conscious state of mind but can be stored in the unconscious and may resurface as nightmares. Such a situation may lead to paranoia. Extreme fear can lead to many pathological conditions such as schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. Unconditioned fear is instinctive. It can not be learnt, rather, it is more of a heritage from our ancestors.

Research has disclosed that a person feeds his own fear. People are social by nature. The most deep rooted fear of man lies in 'being isolated'. This has bred the apprehensions of being abandoned, losing security and ones identity, feelings of inferiority and discrimination, losing face etc. These feelings often incite people to behaving irrationally. Much of the anti-social behavior of people is a direct consequence of these fears. However, fear can prove to be healthy too. Psychologists term degrees of fear as 'good' or 'bad'. The fear of uncontrollable things is only upsetting; however, if there is room for improvement induced by fear, it is a much healthier condition of fear. For example, the fear of being humiliated may lead a student to work harder for his / her exams and achieve a better result.

To get rid of fear, it's important to face it first. The best way to tackle fear is being aware of the nature of it; being aware of the kind of feelings it brings and what are the consequences of it. There are many behavioral techniques devised by psychologists to reduce the feelings of fear and therey reduce stress. Most importantly, it is necessary to understand and accept the fact that everyone has the same underlying fears. This feeling of empathy helps us to deal with fear in a much better manner and get results faster.

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