you have ever been afraid of flying on an airplane, you are not alone. The fear
of flying, known as aerophobia, is one of the most common phobias that people
can experience. This fear can be a debilitating, overwhelming feeling. It may
even prevent you from getting around; traveling the world, or visiting the ones
you love. Overcoming such a phobia used to take years of therapy, but now there
are hypnotherapy and NLP techniques to treat phobias for faster, life-changing
Are you wondering exactly what a phobia is? All phobias are considered a form of
anxiety disorder, and many people who suffer from them will experience anxiety
attacks and other unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or an increased
heart rate. Many people report feeling sick or losing their self-control, and
arrange their lives around their phobia in an effort to avoid their fears.
For people with a fear of flying, even the mere thought of boarding an airplane
might cause an anxiety attack. Other people may feel only slightly uneasy while
on the ground, but grow hysterical once the plane takes off.
Imagine a scenario in which a woman with aerophobia is sitting on a plane before
takeoff. She starts to feel nervous and her heart begins to race. She knows it
is safe to fly, but she is afraid nonetheless. Once the plane is in the air, she
can't help but sob uncontrollably, and continues to cry throughout the flight
until she can finally get off the plane. Although it may sound extreme, this
sort of reaction is shared by a surprisingly high number of people.
All phobias are characterized by intense, irrational fear. People with
aerophobia are afraid of flying even when they know that flying is actually a
very safe form of travel. They often feel humiliated when they react by crying,
shaking, or having an anxiety attack, but feel powerless to control themselves.
For many people, this fear of embarrassment is as discouraging as the fear of
In actuality, people with phobias cannot control their reactions because their
fears are rooted at an unconscious level, which no amount of conscious effort or
willpower can change. This is where hypnotherapy comes into play. Ericksonian
hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques operate at the
unconscious level of the mind to effectively treat phobias.
A good hypnotherapy program for treating a phobia contains several comprehensive
steps. The first step uses hypnosis for relaxation, relieving anxiety and
tension. Once a person is relaxed and
stress-free, hypnotherapy directs new
thoughts in the unconscious mind to extinguish the phobia. NLP itself eliminates
fears by specifically targeting the phobia causing thought process.
Unlike traditional hypnosis, which uses direct post-hypnotic suggestions,
Ericksonian hypnotherapy uses indirect suggestions hidden in conversation to
persuade the unconscious mind to follow a new, more logical line of thought. It
works better than conventional hypnosis because people tend to ignore direct
post-hypnotic suggestions, but find it harder to resist indirect suggestions
that are hidden in interesting stories and metaphors.
The specific wording of post-hypnotic suggestions in traditional hypnotherapy
means that many conventional hypnosis programs will only work for a particular
given phobia. A great feature of an Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP program is
that it is not phobia specific and will treat any phobia, in any individual. It
is sure to work for most people because the program is composed of several
different hypnosis techniques arranged for maximum effectiveness.
The most effective phobia busting NLP technique that I know of is known as the
Visual - Kinesthetic Disassociation. The nickname for the V/K is the "one
cure," and with good reason!
The combined Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP program is perfect for an independent
thinker who wants to quickly beat an irrational phobia once and for all. People
can complete the step-by-step program at their own individual pace, but are
frequently amazed at the ease with which they complete the program and overcome
their fears. The results people see with hypnosis often appear simply
Hypnosis and NLP are life-changing tools for many people suffering from
phobias. Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP have helped countless people overcome
their fears. The techniques are remarkable for helping people who are afraid of
flying to enjoy air travel and all of its benefits. For years, hypnotherapy has
been used to improve people's lives all over the world, and beating phobias is
just one of the ways in which it helps people.
list of the common uses of hypnosis.
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B. Densky, CH spent 30 years helping clients overcome absurd fears and phobias.
He offers a powerful phobia
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