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Overcoming Your Fears: Discovering the Common Denominator between Phobia and Anxiety | Eliot Hoppe

September 14, 20233 min read

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” - Seth Godin

Overcoming Your Fears: Discovering the Common Denominator between Phobia and Anxiety


Have you ever felt worried about something, but you couldn't exactly pinpoint what it was? Have you found yourself feeling uneasy, scared, or even panicked in a particular situation? These feelings of fear are common, and they can arise in a variety of situations. Whether you're afraid of spiders, flying, or public speaking, it's essential to understand the source of your fears in order to overcome them. In this post, we'll explore the common denominator between phobia and anxiety, and how you can start to break free from these negative emotions

8 Reasons

Phobia and Anxiety are similar

Phobia and anxiety might seem different at first glance, but they share some common ground. Both are intense feelings of fear or apprehension that can be triggered by a specific object, situation, or thought. Phobias are more specific, such as a fear of heights, enclosed spaces, or spiders, while anxiety can be more general, such as a constant feeling of worry or dread. At their core, both phobia and anxiety are driven by the same underlying mechanism: the fight or flight response.

The Fight or Flight Response

When faced with danger, our bodies are programmed to react quickly to protect ourselves. This is known as the fight or flight response, and it's what causes our heart rate to increase, our breathing to become shallow, and our muscles to tense up. This response is helpful in situations where there is real danger, but it can also be triggered in situations where there is no immediate threat, such as during a panic attack or when faced with a phobia

First step to Overcome your Fear

Understanding the fight or flight response is the first step to overcoming your fears. By recognizing that these feelings are simply a response to perceived danger, you can start to take control of the situation. One of the most effective ways to do this is through Clinical Hypnotherapy. This involves gradually relieving yourself to the object or situation that triggers your fear, in a controlled and safe environment. Over time, your brain can learn that these triggers are not actually dangerous or even at times real, and the fight or flight response can be reduced if not eliminated.


Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy helps you identify negative thought patterns and replace them with more positive ones. This is often referred to reframing your thought. For example, if you have a fear of public speaking, you might be telling yourself that you'll forget what to say, or that you'll embarrass yourself in front of others. By understanding these negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones (such as "I'm well prepared, and I have something valuable to share"), you can start to feel more confident and less afraid

Physical and Mental Care

Finally, it's important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Engaging in regular exercise can help to reduce stress and anxiety, while practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation (self hypnosis) can help you remain calm in the face of fear. By finding healthy outlets for your emotions and taking steps to reduce stress, you can build up your resilience and overcome your fears.


Fear can be a powerful emotion, but it doesn't have to control your life. By understanding the common denominator between phobia and anxiety, you can start to take control of your fears and live a more fulfilling life. Whether through clinical hypnotherapy, exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or self-care practices, there are many ways to break free from fear and anxiety. Remember, you don't have to face your fears alone – with the right tools and professional support, you can overcome anything.

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Eliot Hoppe

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