Hypnotherapy for Social Phobia on Teesside
What is Social Phobia or the Fear of Being Judged?
Although social phobia may be a new name, it is a problem that has been around for a very long time.
Social Phobia is the fear (or worry) of being judged by other people and for many people it can have a very debilitating effect on their lives.
People suffering from social phobia will be very familiar with the phrase ‘you worry too much about what people think’ and in essence, this is true.
Social Phobia may be experienced in many different ways, and to help you identify if this IS your problem, I have listed below some typical symptoms associated with this anxiety:-
- Often feeling like your being ‘put on the spot’
- Worried about what people see when they look at you, a fear of being judged or not ‘measuring up’
- Go cold at the idea of standing up and talking to a large group of people
- Have a very limited social life with very few friends
- Being shy in common social settings
- Dislike being at parties
- Always sticking to the rules
- Difficulty talking on the telephone
- Stuttering and stammering
- Find it difficult to look people in the eye
- Unable to use public toilets (Known as shy bladder)
- Feeling like a fraud and that people may be able to see through you, sometimes known as imposter syndrome
- Always asking for feedback about how well you are doing
Social Phobia should not be underestimated as it can cause people to withdraw from life and, if not addressed, may migrate into Depressive Disorders. Social Phobia can influence almost every aspect of your life and is almost certainly the most common form of anxiety experienced by people.
What causes Social Phobia?
Most people who suffer from social phobia are likely to have had the problem from an early age.
It is unusual to develop this type of problem later in life, although it may not become “expressed” as a problem until after some significant event triggers these buried feelings.
Social Phobia is almost always created when some experience in our developmental years leaves us feeling emotionally overwhelmed and unable to deal with the feelings we felt at the time of the incident.
We might, perhaps, have had an experience where we felt like we made a fool of ourselves and have perceived that all the people who witnessed this incident were somehow laughing at us.
Something may have happened that made us feel terribly embarrassed causing us to blush, only then to find that any situation that in some way reminds us of this experience, causes this blush response to occur again.
Perhaps there were very high expectations to succeed in your family environment, in which case you may have felt that failing in some way would lead to ridicule or perhaps even some form of punishment, in which case you would learn to dread failure and constantly worry about it. Almost any experience of this nature can create social phobia in life.
Hypnotherapy is a popular and effective method for treating many conditions. Part of the process is to induce a state of deep relaxation (also known as trance) that makes it easier to access a person’s subconscious mind which is open to suggestibility. Then by using the power of suggestion the therapist can help the client to break out of damaging phobias, patterns or habits. Negative and limiting behaviours can begin to be changed by changing thought processes and learning to channel emotions in different ways.