“Fear, f-e-a-r, is: False Evidence Appearing Real” ― Bashar
Phobias are different to normal stressors in that the fear and associated anxiety caused by the object most feared (for example, flying, open spaces, spiders, snakes, water, even exams) can be ‘irrational’ in a given context and is not necessarily associated with a threat or damage to a person’s wellbeing. Though the phobia is often caused by the persistence of a fear that could have been appropriate at the time it first occurred it does not mean the fear remains a valid response especially if circumstances have changed. Imagine the phobia is like an alarm that once it has sounded its purpose has expired. Hypnosis has been traditionally used using desensitisation technique to treat phobias and can be particularly effective once the initial sensitising event is known.