Any phobia causes unnecessary discomfort, some more so than others. To suffer from a phobia means to experience abject fear in certain circumstances. In the case of claustrophobia this means that small or enclosed spaces are what constitute those circumstances.
Each individual will experience their fear in their own unique way. Some people who suffer from claustrophobia just cannot find a way in which to sit in the back seat of a car whilst others couldn't sit in a car at all. Other claustrophobia sufferers feel just fine in a car but are severely affected in rooms where they cannot find a seat close to the exit, such as in a theatre, cinema, church or auditorium.
Different people have different triggers to their phobia. But no matter what those triggers are the resulting feeling is that of discomfort and fear. The degree to which this is felt is also unique to the individual. Some people simply cannot do certain things, like get onto an airplane or into a car. Others can make themselves do it, albeit with heart pounding and breaking out in a cold sweat.
Logic tells the phobia sufferer that there is no need to be afraid, that they should feel fine and that there is nothing scary about these spaces and places. But logic and emotional experience seem to have the same inability to blend together as does oil and water.
You know how you should feel, but terror seems to wash over you like a tidal wave from nowhere. It just happens automatically, instinctively and subconsciously. You don't have to think about it. It just happens.
Your conscious mind thinks whilst your subconscious mind acts instinctively. The subconscious mind takes in perceptions about the environment in less than the blink of an eye and immediately links those perceptions to past experiences and pre-formed subconscious expectations.
Your subconscious mind is on "high alert" for anything that might be threatening or uncomfortable. Thus is anything in the current perceptive field creates a pattern match to something that has been uncomfortable in the past, it will trigger a chain of events that is probably all too familiar to you. Fear, discomfort, panic or terror sets in. This all happens before your logical mind has a split second to control what is happening.
Therefore to find a cure for a phobia you need to find a way in which to access your subconscious mind. Hypnosis fits the bill in an easy and natural way.
Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation that allows you to access your subconscious mind. With hypnosis you can make suggestions to temper the automatic response that is causing you discomfort. You can in this way call a halt to the previous chain reaction that swept you into the throes of panic.
Hypnosis can in fact provide an extremely efficient and effective cure to phobias. It is something that many people do not think about but you might like to do a little research and see for yourself how and why it can work for you.
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