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How Hypnotherapy Can Cure a Fear of Public Speaking

How Hypnotherapy Can Cure a Fear of Public Speaking

“When I got up to speak in public for the first time, I felt as if I was going to fall off the podium. Great waves of fear were overwhelming me, I shook like a leaf in the wind, and my mouth was so dry that I could scarcely move my tongue to speak. It was the most scared I have ever been”. Public speaking can cover anything from speaking at a wedding through to a large seminar as part of your job . The account above, from a female executive who went on to conquer her initial reaction of addressing a meeting of 80 people, is not so rare. Unfortunately for many...
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The Ground Beneath My Feet: a Fear of the Unknown

The Ground Beneath My Feet: a Fear of the Unknown

I was 13 when I had my first panic attack, though I didn’t know what it was then. I was at a café in Biarritz when I got a chicken bone lodged in my throat. My entire body went white hot; I became convinced I was going to die. The blood drained to my feet, every bit of me screamed to get outside, so I walked around the block eating yoghurt until the fear drained away. When we got back to New Zealand, the same white heat would flow through my body again whenever we would go to a café or restaurant. I had to give myself ‘outs.’ Sit facing the door. Don’t order food....
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Fear of Driving

Fear of Driving

I used to be so scared of driving that I couldn’t even look at my car parked outside my house. I didn’t drive for seven years. I was too afraid. Happily, these days I can and do drive whenever I want to. So what makes people scared of such an everyday activity as driving, and how do those of us with a driving phobia overcome it? If the thought of zooming off down the motorway brings you out in a cold sweat, then rest assured you’re not alone. Fear of driving is one of the most common phobias that exist, yet we seldom talk about it. Official statistics are hard to...
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