Social phobia overcomes and combats social anxiety and phobia with hypnosis

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Hypnosis for fear, social phobia and anxiety

Social phobia treatment with hypnosis effectively helps you to have a better social life. Get rid of social anxiety and social phobia today.

Social phobia is highly hindering and to a great extent creates uncertainty. The phobia effectively ensures that you miss many wonderful and festive events. Changing our social habits takes time but with the help of hypnosis we can help you get rid of your social phobia.

Hypnosis works by changing negative patterns / thoughts in a positive direction and can be used with great benefit to change our social patterns. It is very effective in relieving you of anxiety and social phobia. Hypnosis treatment of social phobia in hypnosis sessions will overcome your social phobia and here you will have the opportunity to reprogram your thought processes and behavioral patterns to become more outgoing and open. It allows you to let go of all the anxiety and fear that exists in your social life.

During treatment, the patient is allowed to meet and identify what creates the fear. This is done in small steps, in step with the improvement and leads to the experience that you are better able to confront. It is called gradual exposure. The result is that the patient develops more reality-based notions about both the situation and about their own ability to deal with the problem.

How does hypnosis work against social phobia?

Hypnosis against social phobia works by allowing you to imagine positive events and when you do this you get less signals from negative thoughts and fears. It creates a turning point for your social phobia into social openness instead. When this happens, you get new opportunities and opportunities to benefit from your social experiences. Hypnosis sessions work best in repetitive meetings to create change in the subconscious.

What are security behaviors?

Together with the therapist, we find out about different safety behaviors and how these can preserve the fear of social situations. In order to overcome fear and feel more relaxed in such situations, one must do experiments with their safety behaviors in such a way that it provides opportunities to challenge the negative thoughts.

How to overcome social phobia and anxiety?

Most people who have social phobia utilize a certain security behavior. This means that you have different strategies for dealing with anxiety-laden situations. The strategies are used to make it feel easier or less difficult. Some examples of this may be that the person is wearing headphones when walking in the city or riding a bus. Another strategy might be to avoid looking other people in the eye. In some cases, when the person is afraid to tremble or shake at meals among people, the person holds in his glass with both hands. At times when the person is going to attend a lecture or party, one sits at the back. In some cases, people who have easy to blush make up extra much to make it not appear that you blush.

What is Social Phobia?

By social phobia is meant a fear of being judged and scrutinized by other people. A fear of being humiliated, embarrassed, maybe done away with by blushing, stuttering or shaking his voice.

How does social phobia and anxiety develop?

It's all about the person accidentally performing one or more events where you associate a fear with the situation such as talking in front of a group, eating at a restaurant or writing their signature while others are watching. It can also be that all social contexts and performance situations are perceived as frightening and then it is a generalized social phobia.

It can be explained that it is about being afraid of how you are perceived by other people and you do not want to appear nervous, incompetent or clumsy. So you are worried that others will notice that you are blushing, shaking on the hand, sweating, staking, answering wrongly, stumbling or spilling.

What are avoiding security behaviors?

Avoiding behavior is a common strategy if you have social phobia. If you cannot avoid social situations altogether but are forced to be in them, behaviors and strategies that hide the fear and which make you feel safer are known as security behaviors. These security behaviors are also a form of avoidance. Examples of safety behaviors are: stretching hard to prevent shaking, dressing lightly to hide sweat, drinking only when others are paying attention elsewhere, repeating sentences outside before saying them.

How does social phobia feel?

Do you feel strong anxiety when you are at the center of the attention of others? Are you afraid of being scrutinized and judged? When social anxiety becomes an obstacle in everyday life, it can be about social phobia, one of the most common anxiety states.

How common is social anxiety?

About 13% of Sweden's population suffer from social phobia at some point in their lifetime. This is the most common anxiety problem and often arises in the teens. It is somewhat more common sometimes for women. Many people with social anxiety have a great fear of the idea of ​​having to talk to a stranger. Half of those affected seek help for their difficulties. Those who suffer from social anxiety also have other types of symptoms and a total of 70-80% suffer from mental health problems, depression and other anxiety problems.

When a person experiences these problems, they usually seek help. The problems are lifelong without treatment. Social phobia does not go away by itself. However, there is good treatment to be had. KBT treatment and hypnosis for social phobia have extensive scientific support, but psychodynamic therapy has also shown good treatment results.

Research study comparing KBT and Hypnosis to reduce social phobia and depression

At the University of Calgary, Canada, a comparison was made between the effect of KBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Hypnotherapy for people with social phobia and depression. The study included 84 people and lasted for 16 weeks. By the end of the treatment period, both groups had begun to feel better, but the hypnosis group achieved better results than the KBT group in reduced social phobia, depression, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness. The effect persisted at both the 6-month and 1-year follow-up. Alla din A, Alibhai A. “Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression: An Empirical Investigation.” Int J ClinExpHypn. 2007 Apr; 55 (2): 147-66. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is a more complicated disorder, but here too hypnosis has proven to be the most effective treatment. An agora phobic is afraid of public places that are difficult to escape from and where there is no help to get if you suffer a panic attack.

Those who suffer from agoraphobia avoid crowds, tunnels, bridges, boats and buses. The best treatment is gradual exposure here as well. The hypnotherapist helps the patient to gradually mobilize the courage to expose himself to the "danger" and to endure until the anxiety releases. In the presence of the hypnotherapist, the client is given a new belief in his or her own ability to handle the situation to reduce the fear itself.

Overcoming social phobia

Wanting to overcome fears and social phobias is very common. There is no need to live in fear, especially when help is available. Knowing why you carry your fear doesn't mean you can eliminate it yourself.

“The key to overcoming fears and phobias is to confront the specific situation of hypnosis. If you don't, the fear will get worse over time, not better. "

Contact me and we develop new strategies using Hypnotherapy. This will lead to you becoming more constructive and actively addressing problematic situations in a calm manner.

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What can I do for myself?

Concrete advice based on hypnosis therapy that can help you overcome your problems:

Knowledge of the functioning of anxiety

It is important to gain basic knowledge about the anxiety function. That means you get calmer. With a new understanding of your anxiety, the symptoms do not worsen because you understand what is going on in your body. A good starting point is to have these basic knowledge and in some cases it suffices but often a deeper knowledge of the underlying causes is required to understand the mechanisms behind anxiety.

We at Hypnosterapy advise you to read about what is anxiety? and also to deepen your knowledge about social anxiety. Below we show a panic attack and an anxiety course.

You can too test if you have social phobia - by doing 14 quick cross questions that give you answers in 2 minutes

Panic attack and anxiety progress

A Sudden, Unexpected Experience





Relate to your thoughts

When social anxiety arises, negative thoughts such as "it sounds stupid what I say", "I do away with" or "everyone thinks I'm really weird" are common. It is difficult to change your own thoughts, but the most important thing is how you relate to them in different situations. One tip is to question your thoughts, which leads you to investigate them.

For each anxiety situation, start by writing down the thoughts that arise in the different situations. You choose the event that is most difficult or that best reflects your problem. When you start working this way, it is intended that you write down perspectives other than those you had just during the event. Good questions for finding other perspectives can be: How do I know it is this way? What's the worst that could happen? Is there any evidence to speak for and against? Do I mix thoughts with facts? Is my thought the only explanation or can there be other explanations? Do I draw hasty conclusions? How would I react if the situation was the opposite? This exercise is good for creating distance and being able to reflect on your way of thinking. This helps to make the thoughts less impact on you and you gain greater understanding.

Exercise on acceptance of your emotions

Acceptance means accepting all thoughts, feelings and situations exactly as they are. It's all about being able to confirm their feelings no matter who they are. You should do it without judging the feeling or valuing what you are experiencing. When you work this way, you break the evil spiral that arises when you think negative thoughts about what you are experiencing.

Accepting does not mean that you should not let go of your troublesome thoughts and feelings or accept anything, but fighting against often leads to an even worse experience. It is a more long-term job to change these thoughts and feelings and then Hypnotherapy can be needed.

Anxiety is a big part of our lives but you are worth living out the anxiety. With the help of hypnosis you can train to accept your troubles and get techniques to deal with your social anxiety. Look at things like headaches, something that you sometimes get and that causes a shorter period of discomfort without causing a disaster.

What can I do about social anxiety?

Begin training on these steps:

1 Stop

2 Observe what you think or feel in different situations. What is happening to you right now? Notice different thoughts, feelings and bodily phenomena.

3 Try to accept what you experience no matter what it is. Then let the thoughts pass.

4 Let go of the thoughts.

List anxiety-provoking situations

In social phobia and anxiety, it is one part to list all situations or things that are anxiety-provoking. The purpose of this is to prepare for the upcoming training. It is also important that you estimate how unpleasant the situation is by estimating the anxiety level between 0-100 where 100 is the most discomfort.

Start exercising!

When you begin to expose yourself to what is anxiety-provoking, you can overcome your troubles. Start by looking at the list and pick out a situation that you want to work with that has an anxiety level that feels challenging. Challenge yourself step by step and feel free to start with a friend in the beginning. Important to think about is when you exercise is that you stay in the feeling until the anxiety has dropped significantly. To create a change, you need to practice regularly several times a week for a few months.