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Arachnophobia or fear of Spiders - huntsman - and other phobias
Spiders My Phobia
Spiders......yuk how I hate them. Not so much the small bodied ones, with long legs like the Daddy Long Legs (very common in Australia), in fact if I went and had a look now I would find one in a corner of the room.
No, I mean the BIG... Big hairy legged ones that in Australia are called "Huntsman".
You can be peacefully going along minding your own business and you look up and, lo and behold as if by magic, there right on the wall is a Huntsman and it seems to be about 1 metre in diameter. You don't know where it came from (it wasn't there 1 minute ago was it). I'm sure they have the ability to become invisible and reappear at will . Worse still is when you wake up after a beautiful nights sleep, open your eyes and yep you guessed it. there stretched out in the corner staring down at you with those unblinking eyes is "THE HUNTSMAN".
Huntsman Spider - Don't try this at home !
I Tried Hypnotism
On a more serious note, some 30 odd years ago I did discuss this phobia (yes I'm quite prepared to admit that I have a Phobia about spiders) with my GP and he suggested that I consult a Hypnotist to see if he could help.
So I went along to see this Hypnotist and after about 4 consultations and my pocket about 100 pound lighter I found that I was very relaxed and decided to face my greatest fears (pay attention:- The Spiders ).
Sorry, not cured still sh.. frightened. So much for that!!!.
Anyway believe it or not, this fear I have came to my rescue, let me tell you a little anecdote:- My family and I travelled to South Africa and we were staying in a hotel in Johannesburg. This hotel had thatched ceilings and was a very nice place. The very first night we were there we packed ourselves into bed and at about 2am , from a dead sleep I sat bolt upright and told my wife to get out of bed. We turned the light on and there hanging by a thread was a BIG black spider, I swear it was at least 6 inches across. Well maybe not quite that big. But I swear that the rest of the story is true.
I would sure like to hear any other stories or odd phobias, and rest assured there will be no sh.. hung or mockery because I know only too well what's its like to be afraid and not knowing what can be done to take it away.
I've heard that sometimes to just talk about it can help.
I was so impressed by the comment from my friend and fellow blogger Amanda Severn about Tapping that I carried out further research and thought you may be interested in what I found.
Tapping or to give it the official name "Emotional Freedom Technique", was created by Gary Craig. Emotional Freedom Technique itself is based on Thought Field Therapy.
Tapping is a simple but effective technique somewhere in between hypnosis, meditation, and acupressure. You can learn it in a matter of minutes and it is claimed that applies instant relief to stressful situations in your life.
Amanda has pointed us at a YouTube video to look at for an example.
Here is a brief expanation of Tapping from the website.
"Tapping Balances the Nervous System
When we tap, we say the belief out loud to bring up the corresponding emotion in the nervous system. Then we tap the various points to reset the system. Each point is the end of a nerve channel in the body. Tapping sends a shockwave down that channel.
There is no easy way to know which nerve channel is holding a particular emotion, so we just tap them all. Sometimes when you have done a lot of tapping you'll be able to just feel where it is, and you'll feel it clear as you tap it.
When the emotion is gone, your mind is no longer attached to the belief. Suddenly your mind is free to re-process it, and realise it isn't true or that there are easy ways around it."
I will be doing some experimenting with this method and I'll keep you up date on how it is coming along.