A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by an unreasonable and intense fear of a specific event, object or situation that poses little or no actual danger.
Phobias are often irrational and are not rational to the point that you would be able to calmly make yourself understand that they’re absurd. We sometimes fear the things that are so absurd that even we cannot explain why we feel that way. This could be because of some type of childhood trauma or life event that triggered it too.
Fear is a controlling force. It can make us feel insecure and panicked when we imagine negative outcomes in our heads. Often times, the outcome we imagine is worse than the actual outcome of what could happen if the thing that we’re scared of happened.
The problem with having a phobia:
What are phobias ?
Phobias are fears about objects, people or situations that you think are harmful to you. For example, fear of spiders or heights.
A phobia can have a number of triggers such as an event, a time of day and even certain people. If someone has a phobia, they’re always worried about how they’re going to react when they encounter the thing that scares them.
The most common type are arachnophobia (fear of spiders), claustrophobia (fear of being in closed spaces) and agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).
Can you treat a phobia or cure it ?
Phobias are irrational, which means that the person who has a phobia is not having a conscious experience of what’s happening to them. The person who experiences a phobia might not even realise what is happening and be too focus on the negative feelings of fear and panic.
The tips for coping with a phobia include: staying calm and breathing through it, facing it head on, identifying the root of your fear and overcoming it.
You can also try to identify the root of your fear and overcome it. With time, you might find out that your irrational fears are about something else completely or that there is no reason to be afraid at all.
It is important not to be consumed by negative thoughts ; these thoughts lead to depression and anxiety. So whenever you feel like someone or something is going wrong, try taking deep cleansing breaths and focusing on being positive.
Ways to overcome a phobia or fear:
Phobia is a common problem, but can be overcome with the help of some techniques.
Everyone has experienced feeling scared or uncomfortable when faced with something unfamiliar. But, these emotions can alter your decision-making and cause you to avoid the situation all together. The fear of being rejected, for example, can stop you from socialising.
That’s why it’s important that you try and work on yourself in order to eliminate any phobia that you have.
Tips on how to stop having a phobia:
– Recognise that you have a fear of something that is just irrational and doesn’t make any sense.
-Be specific about the type of phobia you have and find out what caused it in the first place.
– Think about it rationally. See if it has any real benefits that result from trying to think about it logically.
– Practice mindfulness techniques such as meditation or doing conscious breathing exercises, in order to deal with your fears more effectively without letting them control you.
– Don’t assume that you know what can happen if you do or don’t do something, but rather stay open-minded to all possibilities.
– Don’t focus on the worst case scenario.
– Focus on positive thoughts that make the fear look silly and laughable.
– Think about the worst possible scenario or outcome of what would happen if your fear came to life and see how it still won’t be the end of the world. For example; think about what would happen if you got bit from a spider. The answer is probably nothing that will kill you!
-Try to make your brain associate the fear with something pleasant or fun.
-Stop expressing your fear in an exaggerated way.
Phobic responses include increased heart rate, sweating, and a dry mouth. If you suffer from a phobia, it’s best to learn how to cope with it instead of allowing it to control your life.
Examples of phobias and how to overcome them:
Being afraid of something is a normal human emotion that we all experience. However, some things are not worth the fear. Here is a list of irrational fears and what you can do to stop having them:
1) Fear: The fear of spiders
This can usually be solved by understanding that you’re way bigger than a spider and can kill one within seconds of seeing it. The spider can not harm you, kidnap you or torture you for days.
The most it can do is see you and run away. If you see it early enough you can even kill it or put it away and outside your living space quickly.
2) Fear: The fear of heights
Avoid heights by staying near the ground but if you cannot then never looking down from high places. If you are really afraid, stay in a safe place like an elevator or walk on the ground instead of on the edge where it’s harder to balance.
This may sound silly but think about how cats always fall on their feet and think that if you ever find yourself in a scenario where you’re falling from a high place, you’ll do the same.
3) Fear: The fear of public speaking
Public speaking is likely one of the most common fears for people around the globe. Learn about how to manage your anxiety effectively by understanding that other people are not better than you. They also won’t judge you or laugh at you even if you made a mistake.
Others are probably more likely to respect you as they’re already doing so by giving you their time and attention. If you make a mistake someone may want to help or correct you. If you don’t make any mistakes then you will ear their admiration.
Many of us suffer from irrational fears. We can’t stop being afraid, but we can learn how to cope with these fears.
We should not think of these irrational fears as the end of the world. They are just something that we need to get over and move forward with our lives.
The next time you feel threatened by a phobia, it is best not to think about it too much or try and force yourself to remember the tips listed above.