One third said they were scared of heights, one in seven were afraid of flying and one in ten couldn’t bear to be around spiders.
One tenth of the 2,000 people surveyed said their phobia affected their relationships, while 7% said their fears had even cost them a job, suggesting that having a phobia can seriously change your life and impose damaging limits.
The findings were revealed on the ITV programme This Morning, which ran a ‘Phobia Week’ last week.
The slot featured an appearance from ‘celebrity’ life coaches Nik and Eva Speakman, who previously featured on a Channel 4 documentary about Kerry Katona’s struggle with cocaine addiction and the break-up of her marriage.
“Many people feel isolated and embarrassed by a phobia,” they told the Sun newspaper. “Many people therefore hide their fear, and adapt their lives to accommodate a phobia.”
The life coaches believe that people can change, no matter how deeply those fears are embedded and how long they’ve struggled with them. They have allegedly helped Atomic Kitten singers Kerry Katona and Liz McClarnon, as well as Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh and transsexual Big Brother winner Nadia Almada with their issues.
Nik told journalists he hoped the phobia series on ITV would help viewers take steps to overcome their own fears.
Hypnotherapy is thought to be an extremely effective method for fighting phobias. Using relaxation and linguistic techniques, a hypnotherapist will speak directly to the unconscious to alter thought patterns and tackle the phobia from the root.
To find out more and to contact a hypnotherapist, please visit our Phobias page.
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