Living with a phobia can seem restricting and scary for many people. It can control you and make you feel helpless in a particular situation. Through therapy and behavior modification, it is possible to work through phobias and eventually overcome them. However, this takes an extended period of time, and many people are looking for faster ways to cure themselves. NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, has been described as the “owner’s manual” for the brain, featuring a range of mental techniques to deal with thoughts and emotions. There is an amazing link between NLP and phobias being studied and used successfully to cure people faster than any previous form of therapy.
Everyone have fears to a certain degree. But the main difference between a fear and a phobia is that a phobia must contain a level of irrationality. It is technically an anxiety disorder and can produce the same symptoms and effects as a panic attack. In general, phobias do not make sense to the people who have them. But they affect their lifestyles in different ways and can be severely damaging.
The dangers of phobias are quite serious. After panic and fear set in, they are accompanied by an increased heart rate, trembling, shortness of breath, and an overwhelming desire to get away from whatever is causing the phobia. Many common phobias are easily avoidable, but some can literally paralyze people. For example, agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and social phobia is a fear of social situations. In these cases, a person is basically trapped inside of their home with no human interaction.
In day to day life, people may view phobias and fears as the same, but they are very different. As demonstrated above, a phobias can be debilitating, and makes a person lose the ability to rationalize clearly. The common phobias include acrophobia (fear of heights), claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), algophobia (fear of pain), or arachnophobia (fear of spiders). In any phobia, there is a set of warning signals that lead to anxiety. The signals are usually a response to an external event.
But again, the key to understanding phobias is that they are manufactured in the brain. This is also the route to cure them. Because the brain is like a computer, it is possible to “reprogram” it according to a person’s life. Psychotherapy focuses on this, but to get there even faster, NLP is helpful in gaining more control over the brain and using its power to improve lives.
NLP is not a new discovery, having been studied for over 30 years. The name itself can be broken down to accurately explain the effectiveness of the techniques. “N” stands for Neuro, a reference to how the mind and body interact. Using language to determine a person’s thinking is called, Linguistics (“L”). And the Programming (“P”) relates to the study of behavioral patterns and thought processes. Combining all these 3 elements creates a powerful set of techniques to work through emotional issues, including fear. This is the relevance of NLP and phobias.
Suhail, a Serial Entrepreneur and Social Activist with an acrophobia (fear of heights) of more than 20 years was cured in less than 20 minutes using NLP.
NLP is used to cure phobias because it allows a person to disassociate from the cause of that phobia. Taking it even further, the patient will even visualize themselves watching the memory of a traumatic event unfold. In other words, you would be looking at yourself sitting down watching a movie. Then, a gradual involvement on both levels takes place, reconfiguring the way your brain views that “movie”, or event. Once it seems like something that is no longer affecting you, the fear subsides. Surprisingly, the phobia disappears automatically in many cases. The technique only requires minutes and can be used for a variety of fears and phobias.
Warning: It is important to note that these techniques should only be used in the company of a licensed practitioner. An NLP expert knows exactly how to guide the patient through phobias safely.
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Mugdha is a NLP master practitioner and students’ mind coach. She is excellent in teaching memory techniques to students and enable them to enjoy learning.