Hypnotherapy to combat fear related issues
Fear is one of our fundamental emotions, we are born with it hard wired. Its purpose is to allow us to react to perceived danger in a responsive way.
Fear is accompanied by quite noticeable physical reactions; changes to breathing, sweating, muscular tightness. All of these reaction are designed to ‘fire-up’ the physical body to fight or flight from the situation.
The increase in breathing for example increases metabolism and gets the physical body into a higher gear.
If we aren’t able to do either fight or flight we do another survival reaction : freeze. The freeze function shows up in the body as ‘shut-down’ and is often accompanied by a sense of not remembering things, feelings of blankness or sometimes even a type of ‘floaty’ disconnection with reality (called depersonalisation). Freeze often also leads to a sense of powerlessness or hopelessness. From a body perspective freeze is a bit like pressing the car’s brake and accelerator simultaneously; you aren’t going anywhere but the engine is working really hard!
All of these reactions are a part of our fear reaction, the unconscious (which is 80% of our brain function) records fearful experiences onto its ‘hard drive’ as a way of trying to prevent us from coming into danger again. The problems with this is two fold. Many of our modern day work and social circumstances create fear, anxiety, pressure and it is not socially acceptable to fight or flight. In turn memories of these perceived fearful situations are stamped into memory and creates a pre-emptive state of fear – often before anything really difficult has happened, these are called triggers.
Hypnotherapy and EMDR are probably the most effective way of desensitising these memories and putting them back into normal emotional range. The ‘data’ for these experiences is stored in what is known as the right brain; the problem with this is that logic, which we use to problem solve is a left-brain function, so trying to resolve right brain function around emotional memory with the left brain is a bit like trying to figure out the correct grammatical sequence for something in Spanish when you only speak French. It’s the wrong approach. Hypnotherapy and EMDR access the right brain function in a highly effective manner, this is widely recognised by the experts in trauma and chronic anxiety conditions – please feel free to ask me more about this.