NLP Fast Phobia Cure
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NLP Fast Phobia Cure technique
How can I get rid of my fear? The NLP Fast Phobia cure aims to remove phobias of all types. A phobia is a fear that is out of all proportion to the actual danger. For example, in most countries, spiders are harmless, but thousands of people are terrified of spiders. If your fear starts to interfere with your normal life, then you have a phobia. People can have phobias about almost anything.
The Fast Phobia Cure is an effective treatment for most phobias such as fear of public speaking, sexual performance anxiety, fear of driving, social anxiety, fear of mice and so on.
How is a phobia started?
I used to have a neighbor who could not do any gardening because she was afraid of worms. Just the sight of a worm sent her running back into the house in a panic. This tiny, harmless, beneficial insect stopped her doing what she wanted. Something must have happened to cause that overwhelming fear.
Phobias are caused by accident. To create a phobia you need three things. A sudden, unexpected event. An overwhelming fear. And the feeling that you cannot escape. I had a client with a fear of fish. Any fish. Fish on a plate. Or in an aquarium. She could not even go into the sea because fish were there.
I tracked the cause down to a childhood incident. She won a goldfish at a fair. The fish was in some water in a glass jar. She knocked the jar against a wall on the way home. The jar shattered, she got cut, her mother is screaming, the fish is flopping and gasping , she knew it was her fault. She was going to get punished. Her wonderful fish was dying, she was bleeding. A perfect day suddenly turned horrible. Her mind closed down and told her to get away from there RIGHT NOW.
That was how her phobia was created. Anything to do with fish triggers that memory and the fear. Her mind wants to keep her safe. So it sends out the order Get Out of Here RIGHT NOW. If she does run away then her mind has protected her. As long as she stays away from fish, she will never feel that awful feeling again. A phobia is way of protecting yourself.
Using the NLP Fast Phobia Cure
The Fast Phobia cure is fast and simple. There are many variants of the basic technique, the script given here is the based on the NLP 'Magic Cinema' phobia cure.
The NLP fast phobia cure removes fears and phobias by altering submodalities. A conventional phobia cure works by exposing the phobic person to a little bit of the fear at first, then a bit more, and a bit more and so on. The fast phobia cure technique is different. It uses image alteration. The phobic person is guided to make changes to each submodality. You can change the speed at which you experience your fear. You can alter the colors. Or you can put a funny soundtrack on the movie. By changing how you experience the fear situation, you break the link between the object and the fear. The fear is no longer automatic, so the fear goes away.
The fast phobia cure is particularly effective with phobias that are triggered by a specific thing, such as a fear of needles, fear of dentist visits, or spiders. The fast phobia cure also works for getting rid of bad memories or painful experiences from the past. You can apply the fast phobia technique to a wide range of phobias and irrational fears.
Free NLP Fast Phobia Cure Script
|Imagine you are sitting in a cinema. You are the only one in the cinema.||V||Scene|
|In front of you is a blank screen.||M||Empty mind|
|Above and behind you there is a projection room. The projection room is where someone changes the movie and projects the image onto the screen.||Dissociaton|
|You have got a controller which determines which movie is played from the projection box, at what speed, and you can freeze it, fast forward or reverse it. The contoller also controls the sound and the colour. With the controller you can control the size of the projected image, make it a small image or a large image. You are totally in control of what happens on the screen. You can stop it at any time.||Empower the client, puts the person in charge|
|In this cinema you are safe. You can safely view any experience, any part of your life. Nothing can happen to you while you are sitting in this cinema.||Reassurance|
|You're sitting in a seat near the middle. See yourself sitting there, waiting for the show to begin.||Dissociation|
|Next, imagine floating out of your body, and up into the projection room behind you. From there in the projection room, you can see the screen, and you can see yourself sitting down there in the seat in the middle of the cinema.||Double Dissociation|
|Now, look at the screen from the projection room. Imagine seeing you sitting in the seat below using the controller to choose an movie to put on the screen.||Triple Dissociation|
|Using NLP PHOBIA CURE Modalities|
|The first image is a picture of the situation the moment just before you get the phobia, or the trigger for the phobia, or the thing that causes the bad feeling you want to get rid of.||Experience the phobia dissociated|
|Capability||Imagine you now Press Play on the controller.||Action|
|That snapshot on the screen turns into a movie that begins to play slowly. Watch it play from the beginning, up to just beyond the end of that unpleasant experience.||V||Run it forward|
|If you feel frightened or distressed you can stop the movie instantly.||Safety|
|Then go back to the beginning and try to play it a bit longer next time. Keep doing that until you can see yourself watching the whole movie all the way through.||All the way through|
|When you get to the end, I want you to stop the movie, and then run the movie backwards. You will see everything happening in reverse - people will walk backwards, things will move backwards - run the movie back to the start.||Run it backward|
|Then run the movie forward, but do it really fast, taking only one or two seconds to do it. Then run it backwards.||Run it backwards and forward fast|
|Then run it forward again, but this time as it gets towards the end, the whole screen shrinks in size until is as if you are watching a cartoon the size of a postage stamp.||Change the modalities|
|Then run the movie slowly forwards again but this time add funny voices to the people, add circus music to the soundtrack, see clowns leaping around in the scenes, see the thing you are worried about becoming tiny or getting stamped on, or getting washed away down a drain. Then run the movie backwards and forwards as fast as you can.||Change the sound, add comic elements|
|Go back and think about what is was that was giving you the problem. You will find that your reaction to it is now different.||Test the phobic reaction|
|If you need to you can run the movie again and again, each time changing something about it until you feel comfortable thinking about the phobic situation.|
Can Phobias be Cured?
Phobias are learned disorders. Therefore any phobia can be unlearned. Treatments for phobias are usually successful, although clearing a phobia completely may take several sessions.
Hypnotherapy for phobias may use the NLP Phobia Cure shown here, or by graduated exposure in trance.
Graduated exposure for phobias is done by introducing the phobic person to what they fear, a little at a time, to get them used to it. Also called 'self-exposure'.
Flooding consists of surrounding the phobic person with what they fear. For example a person with a fear of balloons would be taken into a room filled with multicolored balloons, allow them to have all their reactions, and then they will gradually realise that they did not come to any harm from the balloons.
Counter conditioning is a treatment that teaches the phobic person how to relax in the phobia situation, so that they learn to control the panic they get from their phobia.
Ordeal Therapy is seldom used today, but it does work. The idea is to get the phobic person to be exposed to the phobia just up to the point where they want to turn away and avoid it. Then the phobic person is told to do something unpleasant and to keep doing it until it gets so unpleasant that they would rather face the phobia.
A Fetish is the opposite of a phobia. A fetish is an unconditional attraction to some object or situation, as opposed to the fear of some object or situation. A fetish is usually a sexual attraction linked to something that is not sexual, such as rubber clothing.
Alternatives to the Fast Phobia Cure
The Fast Phobia Cure is now more than 50 years old. It was based on a common experience of the time, going to the cinema. This is no longer a weekly event for most people. Nowdays, people get moving image entertainment through broadcast television, streaming, YouTube and so on. More modern versions of the NLP Cure use the metaphor of a TV with a remote control. The principles are the same, but brought up to date for the 21st century.
Metaphor Replacement Therapy is a more modern alternative. In this therapy, you ask the client to feel the fear she gets now, not the memory. Then you work on that feeling, change it, and break the link that way. This technique is faster, and does not require a high degree of visualization ability.