Do you avoid circumstances and situations due to irrational fears? Are you preventing yourself to living up to your fullest potential due to certain phobias?
Don’t worry, there is a way to get out of this dark pit that you may feel you are trapped in.
Fear is a completely natural response as it enables us to avoid unnecessary risks and dangers and helps us to stay safe. Let’s face it, who wants to feel scared willingly, unless you are watching a horror movie. We are wired to avoid hurtful and frightening experiences in life so that we can live long and healthy.
However, if your fear seems irrational and you are unable to control your response, then you may have a phobia. A phobia is a feeling of excessive fear of a certain situation or something that overshadows the danger it poses. As a result, people with phobias tend to avoid those situations and hide from potential opportunities and challenges that allow us to live a happy and fulfilling life. However, you need to realize that you cannot hide from your fear forever. You will need to face it sooner or later and it will happen at a time when you are least ready. So let us take a look at how you can overcome phobias and irrational fears in the easiest possible way.
What Is A Phobia?
A phobia is an intense irrational fear of something usually stemming from a terrifying or bad experience during someone’s childhood.
Almost all of us are afraid of something or the other. It can be a physical thing, a situation or even a thought of doing something. However, when your fear causes uncontrollable anxiety and affects your daily life, then they are known as phobias. It is an extreme fear of a certain thing that might not pose any real danger. There are various types of phobias like social phobias, animal phobias, environment and natural phobias, situational phobias and blood-injection-injury phobia. You can be phobic about practically anything. Although, phobias primarily develop during your childhood, you may even become phobic about something in your adult life as well.
Your environment and circumstances play a crucial role in the development of your phobias. Experiencing a petrifying event during childhood or in adult life can trigger the development of irrational fears within us. If you encountered a deadly snake as a child, you may be afraid of snakes in general. If a relative died in a car crash, you may become afraid of driving. So, a phobia can develop from anything and everything depending on how much you were impacted by the incident.
Although almost all of us have had some bad experiences in childhood, not all of us will suffer from phobias. It is a disorder that only affects certain individuals depending on specific factors like genetics, personality traits, age and the intensity of the experience.
Understanding Your Phobia
Having a clear understanding of your phobia is essential if you want to overcome phobias and irrational fears.
First of all, you need to identify whether it is just a fear or an actual phobia. Although it can be difficult to know the difference, feeling nervous, anxious or experiencing butterflies in the stomach when faced with the object of your aversion can be a simple fear. However, if you react dramatically by screaming, running away or completely avoiding a situation or even losing your sleep over an upcoming event, then you may have a phobia.
When you are phobic, you will probably realize that your fear and reaction to it is irrational, but you will still be unable to control your emotions. You may feel anxious simply by thinking about the object of your fear. The feeling and response are overwhelming and mostly automatic. However, you should also understand that being phobic does not mean that you are foolish or crazy. Once you understand your phobia, you will be better able to overcome phobias and irrational fears and start living life freely.