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Dealing with Phobias through Neurolinguistic Programming

People who are plagued by anxiety may not be able to adjust properly in their day-to-day tasks.

Fear is a mental signal that an individual usually associates with pain. What some call a phobia is not really any different, but it has a stronger anchor, that is an association of something unpleasant that, therefore, triggers the response.

The occurrence of a fear response is an exaggeration of one isolated component from an entire field of a person’s life experience. Implicated in this emotional state is the part of the brain called the amygdala, which has functions in both the areas of emotions and memory. What your psychiatrist might do is try to create happier associations in this part of your brain while re-programming any old and unwanted anxiety patterns.

Fears come from multiple sources of input. Therefore the first thing a clinician might do is ask you calibrate or measure the intensity of it. It is important to tap into the sensation, otherwise the NLP session will be futile. Next, your doctor might let you imagine a black and white screen before you developed a reactivity to the stimulus. The idea here is to stifle the fearful conditioning by depriving yourself of the thoughts of colours; which make the amygdala “phobic”. Sometimes you might be asked to imagine yourself inside a movie theater.

The clinician may then ask the client to imagine being in a safe place or anything that evokes a similar feeling of being cared for and nurtured; the absence of danger. Finally, there is also the practise of linking the mental disturbances with physical sensations. Consider this: do you feel happy when you are in a slouching position?

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