”Self-hypnosis can eliminate your fear of heights and in the meanwhile tackle the other phobias you have”
If you are acrophobic or fear of heights as it is commonly known, don’t feel ashamed as you are not alone. Pretty much everyone feels a bit out of place when exposed to significant heights. But how do you know that you have a fear of heights? What is the exact definition?
The fear of heights can lie between the fear when standing on a chair to fear of standing on top of a tall building.
People with acrophobia tend to feel a sense of panic when exposed to a certain height and often become motionless and unable to believe their sense of balance.
Other signs may include shaking, nausea, and dizziness, rapid heart rate, palpitations, profuse sweating, and fainting spells.
If you are afraid of heights, there is perhaps a reason to feel good about it. According to scientists, having acrophobia means you are evolutionarily successful. Some researchers believe that the fear of heights is an innate or inborn phobia.
According to a section of scientists, the fear of heights is a sign of successful adaptation to our environment, where falls from height are naturally dangerous.
Some studies have shown that newborn and young children tend to be watchful around heights naturally. This means that the dislike of heights is something that we are born with. Nevertheless, some people might be a bit tense around heights, but they are not acrophobic.
Scientists believe that a phobia is something that humans learn as a response to either a traumatic experience during childhood, such as a fall, or parent’s dislike of heights.
Overcoming Fear of Height with Hypnosis
If you want to cope with the fear of heights, you need to understand what it is first. After knowing what it is, move ahead, and explore the symptoms. Note that many people confuse the symptoms of acrophobia with vertigo.
However, dizziness itself is one of the signs of fear of heights or acrophobia. The difference, however, is that vertigo is the sensation of whirling or spinning and loss of balance, and can be caused by an ear infection or vestibular nerve.
You might experience dizziness even without going through any sensation.
Hypnosis can help someone with a fear of heights by allowing them to get to the root cause of the trauma and eradicating it from the core. Since most of the phobias, including acrophobia, come from the unconscious mind, getting to the root cause by addressing the unconscious will yield positive results.
Types of hypnosis that you can use for fear of Heights
This involves using post-hypnotic suggestion to readdress your reaction to heights. Recent studies have shown that people often think independently; therefore you might unconsciously reject the post-hypnotic guidelines, making this method inadequate.
Physician Milton Erickson invented this method, and it is an advanced form of hypnotherapy. Unlike the traditional hypnosis, this method uses suggestions concealed in conversation, stories, as well as metaphors. This method is considered more effective since a person can not reject those hidden suggestions since the subconscious mind cannot always detect them. Therefore, the hidden suggestions help an individual to come out of the phobia effectively.
This method utilizes multiple procedures of hypnotherapy as well as some Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). This type of hypnosis is the beginning of the advanced version since it is only when your mind is calmed and relaxed can the inducement from hypnotherapy has positive effects.
Fear of heights is simply a mental condition that you have created over time, and hypnosis can help you cure it.
How to self-hypnotize for Fear of Heights
All methods of hypnosis use the same basic techniques; induction stage – calm and relax your body, change phase – where you address the fear you want to get rid, and exit stage – which involves yourself getting out of the hypnotic state. Below are steps to use to self-hypnotize yourself to eliminate the fear of heights.
Step 1: Privacy
You will need a quiet and peaceful place to be able to hypnotize yourself. If you are finding it hard to find a completely silent place, consider listening to calming and soothing music or sound with headphones.
Set a time limit of 15 minutes and commit to this timeframe.
Step 2: Establish your intention
In this case, your intention is to get rid of your acrophobia, so make sure that the goal is clear in your mind.
You should write your goal down and use it as your mantra. Say it loud to help you prime the unconscious and prepare to address the issue.
Step 3: Relax
Relaxation is crucial for hypnosis. To easily get your body to relax, ensure you are comfortable, and pay attention to your breathing. Be sure to wear clothes that relaxed.
Breathe in gently through your nose, but out through your mouth. With every breath, you will feel your body calming down and relaxing.
Step 4: Actualization
Once you feel comfortable and relaxed, go more in-depth by visualizing in your mind. This is the same process you use when counting sheep at night when trying to fall asleep.
Step 5: Transformation
This stage is where you focus on the habit you want to change. One of the easiest ways to do this is by repeating the goal of your hypnosis in a series of assertions, which should be positive and in the present tense.
Step 6: Exit
This is where you get out of your hypnotic state. The best way to do this is by counting backward from 5 or 10, telling yourself that you will be awake again when you reach number 1.
Alternatively, you can use an alarm to set a countdown timer or a piece of music, that when it comes to an end, you also exist your trance.
Another way to get out of your trance is by merely allowing it to happen naturally. This will be possible even if you don’t set a timer or a cue.
In case you fall asleep during the session, you will wake up when you wake up, no need to force yourself. But if you don’t fall asleep, your mind and body will prompt you to end the session.
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