Specific Phobias – A fear of spiders, animals, certain objects, fear of flying or going to the dentist and other very specific objects or occasions.
Complex phobias – Agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, Claustrophobia. These are broader in scope (less specific) than simple phobias. Gynophobia a fear of women and Zoophobia a fear of animals are complex phobias because they are not restricted to one specific feature or object e.g a fear of tall women or a fear of one animal such as dogs.
A fear is slightly different in that you worry over an event taking place. Fears are in that sense a form of worrying over a future occurrence. Fears can be extremely debilitating that they may prevent you moving forward with your life afraid of having to handle the object of your fears. However fears and phobias are sometimes closely related in that a phobic reaction has developed in to a learned fear response and you begin to dread the situation and worry about facing it again.
One definition of a phobia is ‘a fear of a fear’ because it has become the panic and anxiety itself that you are frightened of.
Think of fears and phobias as a misguided survival strategy. The subconscious believes it is protecting you from the object or situation that you wish to avoid but is instead misguided, it is preventing you from feeling comfortable in a situation that is not itself harmful.
Fears and phobias both respond positively to hypnotherapy and positive results are usually seen in a short period of time