Using NLP for fears such as Mc Cain, Palin, arachnophobia or the Stock Market

Using NLP for fears such as arachnophobia or the Stock Market

Yes, NLP can be used for fears about everything from arachnophobia to fears about what’s going on in the current market.

With Halloween quickly approaching, it seems an appropriate time to address a common, but often ignored, issue- arachnophobia.

Is your first reaction when seeing a spider usually one of fear? If your answer is yes, then you’re not alone — fear of spiders affects millions of people. A survey in England suggests that size, color and leg length are important reasons offered for the fright, with the threat of sudden movement by a spider being the most important, and most chilling, aspect.

Now, arachnophobia can be a mild, inconvenient nagging, or it can be so intense as to trigger a full-blown panic attack. These strongest responses are an automatic, unconscious response, meaning it is completely beyond conscious control. These responses are often the result of a distressing encounter with a spider in childhood, though the original incident may be long forgotten.

So, what can you do to stop this fear? Until recently, desensitization was the typical approach, involving gradual exposure to spiders. Another, newer, approach is to relive the moment when the spider phobia was accidentally acquired and remove the negative feeling. While this is less painful than desensitization, it can still be unpleasant.

Here is a simple formula that will work miracles without any discomfort. Try it on yourself, or call an NLP professional for a session.

1. Put yourself in a really comfortable and safe place. Breathe deeply and rhythmically.
2. In your mind’s eye, imagine a spider flashing on a white screen for a second. Keep breathing and imagine relaxing.
3. Let another spider flash in your imagination for 2 seconds. Relax and breathe evenly.
4. Think of the friendliest, most harmless creature you can envision.
5. Slowly morph it into a spider, while keeping the feeling of harmlessness in your mind.
6. Keep going back and forth between the friendly creature and the spider until you can imagine the spider without any fear. If any of the fear remains, call an NLP Practitioner ( me).


One response to “Using NLP for fears such as Mc Cain, Palin, arachnophobia or the Stock Market

  1. Thank you for this great reminder! NLP is an awesome tool for all kinds of things and fears. I recently have used NLP to overcome some of my own fears and thinking about the spider example you just gave reminded me of one of my own. Snakes! I have to comment on this because just LAST NIGHT I had a dream of a snake and instead of being terrified (as in dreams past) I was actually curious. Instead of turning away, I looked at the snake in the tree craddled in the branches. I look closer to learn more about this snake. I was looking for this snakes face. When I finally made my way to the head end of the snake, I found a face like a seal on the snake. And this face had a smile of contentment with its eyes closed. The snake in its cradle of branches was peacefully snuggling in for a snooze.

    This is a result of my NLP work around my recent fears. I feel much better both in my concious awake hours and in my asleep dream state, so I would definitely say NLP helps us to over come fears and obstacls of all sorts.

    The way I look at it, there are two energies negative and positive. Fear of any sort , showing up in any form, is negative energy, creating negative feelings. While Love on the other hand, is positive and creates good feelings. Any tool that can help overcome the negative in favor of the positive is worthwhile.

    Thank you for this wonderful and stimulating inspiration for deeper thought.


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