Phobias | Hancocks Hypnotherapy
Are you frightened of snakes or spiders? Alternatively are you terrified of public speaking or even such mundane household items as cotton wool? If so, you are not alone as it is estimated that 12 per cent of the adult population suffer from a phobic response at some time in their lives. In fact there are something like 2,000 named phobias. Phobias can be copied from our parents or others. They can develop in situations where we have previously experienced acute anxiety - a classic example would be a driver unable to get behind the wheel again after being involved in a car crash. However, their origins can also be mysterious such as someone who has a phobic response to wasps despite having never been stung. While there is evidence that we are more predisposed to have phobic responses to hazards that our distant ancestors might have encountered (snakes, spiders etc), we can develop irrational fears about a wide range of things or situations. A horror of buttons or a terror of