Fear reactions may range from simple “hang-ups” to specific (or less concrete) fears which affect the activities or enjoyment of life, to full-blown phobias which may be a part of serious mental illness. Under certain circumstances or in specific situations virtually all people experience a variety of rational or irrational apprehensions. Fears seldom travel alone. One may be dominant, but usually several may be present. Fears often develop when one thinks that there is impending danger. Fear of loss of control is a core issue of human experience and very common, especially in phobia cases. Fear of fear itself can be debilitating.
Hypnotic suggestions can replace catastrophic thoughts with rational thinking, based on facts explaining existing problems. Recognizing and exploring the causes can diminish anxieties and alleviate symptoms, relieving distress and setting the individual, free to enjoy life.