Understanding Fear: What Are Phobias and How Common Are They?

Did you ever notice that when it rains it pours?

Well around here it’s been raining infographics like cats and dogs.

For real–it takes the two of us who run this blog to fend them off at times.

It’s not that the ones we don’t choose to run (and, hard as it may be for you to believe, there are many) aren’t interesting; it’s more that we start to wonder what in heaven’s name they have to do with the main topics of our blog. Like, truly, some of my favorite nephews are left-handed, and I love ’em to pieces. But I still couldn’t see running an infographic on left-handedness (and what category could I shove it in? Clearly biofeedback and bipolar were out–did mediation stand a chance?)

Bu phobias–now that’s right up our psychological alley.  So many clients have them, and rarely just one.  One woman, who came to work on her fear of flying,urgently switched to her fear of surgery when a brain aneurism was discovered.  Unfortunately, she didn’t work on either assiduously, and her outcome wasn’t good.  Another man fears falling off a balcony and is actually more afraid that his sickly sister will tumble from hers.

I’ve had to rush to the aid of a friend who was trembling from the terror of a sparrow which had fallen into her house through the chimney.  She couldn’t bear to listen to my prideful description of the rescue; she started shuddering whenever I mentioned “bird.”

Phobias are generally treated successful and rather quickly.  If you’ve got one or two, get some help today. You’ll be surprised at the psychological energy you’ll have when released from their grip.


Source: BestMastersInCounseling.com


I help adults and adolescents through the particular struggles of our time: tension between couples, parenting frustration, blending new families, separation and divorce, (un)employment, cancer, and loss. When relationships come to an impasse, I use mediation techniques to try to ensure that each party will have his/her needs heard and accounted for in a dignified way. In addition to talking, listening, and reframing, I utilizes the tools of metaphor, active teaching, role-playing, visualization, and hypnotherapy.for families and businesses, as well as in cases of divorce.

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