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Phobias & Fears

Fear is a characteristic built into our brain, and it serves to protect us from danger. When we are faced with a situation we perceive as dangerous; we will activate out flight or fight response as to how we deal with the threat.

People fear things or situations that make them feel unsafe or unsure. For instance, someone who isn't a strong swimmer might have a fear of deep water. In this case, the fear is helpful because it helps the person to stay safe, however, this fear could be overcome by learning how to swim safely.

Fear can be healthy as it can protect against danger, but most of the time people tend to avoid the things they fear such as public speaking. This avoidance doesn’t help them overcome the fear and can reinforce it, keeping it stronger.

We have helped many people deal with their fears and phobias with the result that they can now face those things and have also been able to succeed in doing the things they once feared.

A phobia is an intense fear of something which usually poses little or no actual danger. Some examples of common phobias are a fear of spiders, needles, dentists, motorway driving. Phobias can occur at any time although many tend to occur during our childhood.

Many people understand that their phobia is irrational, however, struggle to control their feelings, even thinking about the subject may make them feel anxious and if they are exposed to the thing that they fear the feelings are overwhelming and can cause real panic and terror.

As the sensations are so stressful that many people go to great lengths to avoid it and cause themselves great inconvenience or changing their lifestyles.

Some examples of this are:

  • If you have a fear of dogs, you may cross the street or walk in a completely different direction to the way you need to go to avoid seeing or meeting a dog that may be being walked.

  • If you suffer from a fear of heights, you turn down a job where you must work on the 25th floor.

  • If you suffer from claustrophobia, you may never stay in a hotel if you have to travel in a lift.

Here at Harley Street we help you to overcome your fears and phobias no, matter how out of control things may feel right now.

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The only thing we have to fear is fear it'self - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

- FDR - First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933