Phobias can be split into two categories: 

Specific phobias

These are generally a reaction to a specific thing or situation which could possibly be avoided such as:

  • Animal phobias such as spiders, frogs, worms, snakes
  • Environmental phobias such as heights, open water, public speaking
  • Situation phobias such as visiting the dentist, flying or driving
  • Body phobias such as having injections or x-rays
  • Sexual phobia such as fear of performance or catching a sexually transmitted disease
  • Other phobias can be against any object or situation

General phobias

These are concerned with more everyday events, ones which cannot be avoided and can be exacerbated by feeling stressed or anxious they include:

  • Agoraphobia
  • Claustrophobia
  • Social phobia
  • Tokophobia – fear of being pregnant
  • Emetophobia – fear of vomiting or others vomiting
  • Mysophobia – Fear of the sound of other people eating




Fears and phobias can produce very powerful reactions and make you suffer from any of the following:

  • Panic attacks
  • Profuse sweating
  • Raised heartbeat
  • Fainting
  • Anger

  • Uncontrollable Crying
  • Shaking
  • Nausea
  • Feelings of being out of control

Phobia Dictionary Description



Fears and phobias can really restrict what you want to do and stop you living the life you want.

You'll be pleased to know that these fears are always irrational (although they seem very real at the time!) and are a natural response from your brain when it believes you are in danger. Whether it is a phobia resulting from a traumatic event or something that has built up over the years, hypnotherapy can alter the way your brain naturally operates using a specific therapy called Rewind/Reframe.  This enables your brain to replace the negative memory of the event with a positive one which the brain will then refer to when the situation arises again giving you control back in your life.

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