Fear of Spiders?
There are so many hanging around at the moment aren’t there.
I had a fear of spiders for as long as I can remember. I remember being in my first year of senior school and being chased around the classroom by boys holding daddy long legs. I can still remember that panic – my heart was beating so fast I thought it would burst out of my chest. I could hardly breathe and tears were streaming down my face, smearing my mascara. Not a good look for a teenager trying to impress her peers I can tell you! My fear continued until 7 years ago……
I knew that I had to do something about my phobia when , a few months after my first son was born, I was hanging out the washing. I knew I had only a couple of minutes before my baby woke up but I was so worried that there may be spiders lurking in the peg bag that it took me 10 times as long to do a simple job. This really annoyed me, as I am a busy girl, things to do, nappies to change, babies to feed and I just haven’t got time for all this silliness, so I decided to do something about it. To cut a long story short, I took a few deep breaths, had a word with myself and cured myself. I can now put my hand in the peg bag as quickly as I want.
I can remove a spider from a situation (using a friendly spider catcher) but I will admit that I will not hold one. However, I don’t actually want to be able to hold one and I believe that my life is not affected just because I don’t want to stroke a furry spider! (However, I wouldn’t scream and shout if one crawled on me. I would calmly and gently brush it off with no panic)
If you are one of the many people suffering with a spider phobia you will be relieved to know that you can overcome your fear of spiders. Your fear of spiders is a learnt response. You weren’t born fearing them, it may simply stem from being told as a child to be wary of them or you may have seen someone else scared of them but it doesn’t really matter what the cause was anyway. And because of this it means that your fear can be stopped.
On a conscious level, you know that your fear of spiders is irrational, however the fear has persisted because your very clever subconscious mind has associated fear and panic to the very thought of spiders. These asscociations can be changed using an effective combination of NLP & hypnotherapy, enabling you to overcome your fear of spiders.
Just imagine being able to sleep in your bed even after seeing one scarper under the dressing table!