NLP Fast Phobia Cure Technique Instructions
- Nomophobia is the name created in the UK for a phobia of having no mobile phone & is an abbreviation of “No-mobile-phone-phobia”
- Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is a phobia for long words. (Yes, I kid you not this is for real)
- Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a phobia for the number 13
- Caligynophobia is a phobia of beautiful women
- Anatidaephobia is a phobia that somewhere in the world a duck is watching you
- Arachibutyrophobia is a phobia of peanut butter sticking to the top of your mouth
- Arachnophobia is the most common of phobias, otherwise known as a fear of spiders
- Hylophobia is a rare phobia for wood, forests or trees
Stop living your fears and choose to live your dreams instead.
NLP Fast Phobia Cure – What you Need to Know
Welcome to the NLP Fast Phobia Cure and step by step instruction for how to perform the NLP Fast Phobia Cure. So…phobias. Apart from the fact that none of these previous phobias I mentioned appear in my computers spellcheck dictionary (no surprise there) many of us will experience a form of phobia at some point in our lives.
A phobia is a fear and a type of anxiety disorder that centres around a situation or an object of some kind and in many circumstances, this fear is disproportionate to the level of danger that this situation or object poses. With the interest of self preservation, our ancestors have past specific phobias on to us through our genes.
A phobia of spiders, snakes or a phobia of scorpions would be past on in order to keep us safe and away from harm. Healthy phobias have ensured our gene pool continued on and your strong genes are part of the reason you are still here. However, there are many phobias that have no place in today’s world and serve no useful purpose.
An important point to keep in mind is how your mind operates. Your mind does not know the difference between what is happening on the outside and what is happening on the inside. It simply reacts to the stimuli you give it. Which means you have complete control over what you choose to tell yourself and how you will subsequently react to it.
The effects your memories have on you
When you relive one of your memories, you are remembering that event through your senses representations of that event. In other words, when you experience the memory, you remember how you felt, what you saw, what you heard, what you tasted or what you could smell.
You may associate only one of your senses to the memory or you may associate 2 or 3 or even all of them.
When you relive that memory, you are not remembering what actually happened, you are only remembering your representation of that memory, or the beliefs that you have attached to that memory.
If you call someone on the phone and they don’t answer, you may tell yourself that person doesn’t want to talk to you, whereas there may well be a number of other reasons for not answering your call. Your unsubstantiated beliefs may then put a dent in your confidence or cause a drop in self-esteem. It’s not the event that causes you to feel a certain way, it is your internal representation of that event, or what you choose to believe.
Understanding the science behind anxiety and phobia
To understand how the NLP fast Phobia Cure works it’s important to understand how the brain works. The primal part of your brain, called the Amygdala, is the part that is responsible for causing your anxiety and phobias. This is the part of the brain that is hard-wired by the experiences of our ancestors, giving us a fear of snakes, spiders and scorpions etc. etc.
When we see something we are phobic of, such as a spider, our Amygdala perceives a potential threat to our survival and activates the alarm response, otherwise known as the Flight or Fight response. Our Amygdala is constantly monitoring all stimuli looking for potential threats, well before we are consciously aware of it ourselves.
The conscious part of our brain receives the information that our senses are giving it half a second after it has been experienced by the Amygdala. This information is then compared to the information that already exists within your brain that comes from your personal experiences and the fears passed down to you from your ancestors.
At this point, your brain will decide if there is a threat to your safety and trigger your flight or fight response if necessary. Or in other words, you become anxious and fearful. This is why your anxiety and phobia seems to surface out of the blue and why people can have a phobia for irrational things. The primal part of your brain is causing you to react well before your conscious, rational brain has had the time to analyse the fear.
Apart from the phobias that are passed onto us through the genes of our ancestors, phobias are also the result of a singular moment in your life that you have associated a powerfully negative emotional experience with.
If you experience a high enough negative emotional response to a situation, an event or an object, you will automatically programme your Amygdala to cause you to experience those same emotions when it picks up the same stimuli in the future. Because your Amygdala is causing you to react to something before you are consciously aware of it, you are not able to rationalise that event and have an objective, logical view of what is going on.
Now for the good news. You programmed your Amygdala once, you can programme it again. Only this time, you are going to programme your Amygdala in a positive way, being 100% conscious and fully aware of how you are programming it. That’s where the NLP Fast Phobia Cure comes in.
How to re-programme your Amygdala using NLP
There is a NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) technique known as the NLP Fast Phobia Cure. This takes you on a short journey through your experience of an event or traumatic situation in your life, in such a way as to distance yourself from the phobic response you would normally experience.
Before you attempt this NLP Fast Phobia Cure, it’s recommended that you do so in a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable and have someone with you to help you stay grounded.
The key to making this technique successful is being able to re-create your phobic response while doing the exercise. If you don’t have a phobic response to your fear when doing this technique it will not work. It would also be recommended to do this exercise with your eyes closed and in a quiet place to reduce distractions.
Step.1 – Speak out loud and tell yourself, “I was safe before this unpleasant experience and I was safe after it”. Repeat this out loud a few times.
Step.2 – Now, think of the thing that you have a phobia of. If it’s spiders, visualise a spider running across the floor and coming towards you. Make the visualisation powerful enough that you can actually experience a phobic response to it. If you have a fear of spiders, picture yourself sitting near a spider, or covered in spiders. Pay close attention to your internal representation, what you are thinking and how you are feeling.
Step.3 – Now visualise yourself sitting alone in a cinema, watching yourself on a small black and white screen. The black and white screen is important. The response of your Amygdala depends upon the input from at least one visual association and in most cases, seeing in black and white, rather than colour, prevents a phobic response being triggered by your Amygdala as it often requires a colour to activate your flight or fight response.
There are other visual associations that may also be used, such as movement, seeing a fuzzy picture, the size of the picture, seeing a movie or a still shot, the distance of the picture from yourself or the brightness of the picture.
Step.4 – Now visualise yourself floating out of yourself where you are sitting in the cinema and floating up to the projection booth. You can now watch the black and white film from this safe place or watch yourself watching the film. This helps you develop a choice as to how you perceive a situation in which you were phobic.
Step.5 – Now run the film in black and white and watch yourself while at the same time visualising your phobia. Start the film before you experience the phobia you want to overcome and visualise the film running through the phobia until after the phobic experience when you were safe again.
Step.6 – Now pause the film at the end and visualise yourself floating out of the projection booth, or out of your seat, and into the cinema screen and being in the film yourself. Now add the colour back into the film and visualise rewinding the film from the end to the start again and do so very quickly.
When rewinding the film, make sure you do it in full colour, do it quickly and visualise yourself actually being in the film and experiencing the film in reverse, going all the way back to the start of the film when you were safe. You need to try and experience everything in reverse, seeing it, hearing it and feeling it, all in reverse.
Step.7 – Repeat this process multiple times until you feel comfortable with the experience. Once you feel ready, visualise yourself in the future during an imaginary time when you would have experienced that phobic response. If necessary, complete the exercise again until you feel ready to face your phobia in real life. If you still have your phobia, use this experience and complete the exercise again.
Your brain is like a muscle, in the sense that it becomes stronger the more you use it and builds through practise and habit. Another key to making this techniques effective is your visualisations. It can be difficult for some people to focus, concentrate and visualise on something for a period of time. Building a habit of doing visualisation exercises may be necessary in order to reap the full benefits of this technique.
That’s the NLP Fast Phobia Cure. I hope you found it useful. It’s relatively simple and very effective however the key to getting this to work is to complete the exercise with intention and feeling. With a little practise you’ll have your fears behind you in no time.