A phobia is an irrational and unwanted fear in a particular situation or of an object. The phobic symptom normally arises when one is exposed to the object or situation that is feared, but can sometimes occur by just thinking about it. For some people with phobias, being exposed to the object or situation they fear, increases the symptom to a full-scale panic attack. The consequence for these individuals may lead to isolation and great difficulty in functioning in their day-to-day living. Phobias are one of the most common mental afflictions people have, affecting approximately 10-percent of adults. Of these only about 20% have their specific phobias disappear on their own.
Fear is essential for our protection and survival. It's healthy to experience fear when walking down a dark alley, on your own at night. It could prevent you from going down that alley and save you from being mugged. It's believed that only the fear of sudden load noises is the only type fear that is genetic. However new some new research suggests that the fear of heights might be genetic as well. Phobic fear often stems from an experiences that have been frightening in childhood, that may or may not be remembered as an adult. Even to the person suffering, the phobia might seem very irrational, but yet they have no control over their fear.
Well known phobias such as fear of heights or fear of spiders can usually be cured fairly quickly. It appears that these type of phobias are quite common and ”light” and that by disassociation techniques in NLP and by clearing the subjective references through FasterEFT it doesn't take very long before they are gone. More uncommon phobias of a more complex nature, with symptoms of extreme reactions of fear, will often take longer time to cure, especially when the cause of the fear is unknown to the phobic him or herself. This usually requires hypnosis, in order to go back in time to find out the root cause of what created the fight and flight response reaction for the very first time.