How hypnosis can help enochlophobia

Enochlophobia, or the fear of crowds, is known by several names including Demphobia and Ochlophobia. Just as the name implies, this phobia comprises an irrational fear of large gatherings of crowds of people.

Causes of Enochlophobia

The fear of crowds is a common social phobia affecting many individuals today. It tends to affect women more than men. Every enochlophobia case is unique and it largely depends on the images, movies, or thoughts the person associates the crowds of people with. This is mostly as a result of each phobic’s thinking pattern. Hence, enochlophobia does not have a single cause.

Experts cite biochemical irregularities, inaccurate beliefs, traumatic and stressful life events, and genetics as potential causes of the fear of crowds. A person that is suffering from enochlophobia finds a crowd of people too noisy. They feel their personal space might be violated by the crowd, so they avoid getting into crowds and stay as far away as possible.

Enochlophobia Symptoms

Demophobes –which refers to individuals suffering from fear of crowds – have different ways of showing their fear. Naturally, every individual has different ways of presenting the symptoms. These symptoms are grouped as emotional, mental or physical, and may include:

  • Inability to act and function normally.
  • Mild anxiety which with time may result in a full-blown panic attack.
  • Nausea, upset stomach, increased blood pressure, and increased heart rate are   also some symptoms of enochlophobia.

How hypnosis can help enochlophobia

Hypnosis is a process that puts an individual into a relaxed and peaceful state of mind, where the subconscious mind can be engaged. It’s a focused state of calmness. People get into a state of hypnosis on a daily basis, whether they know it or not. Ordinary daydreaming is a state of hypnosis.

In a hypnotic state, the subconscious mind is able to obtain and put into effect suggestions for positive change. Hence change can be created more easily and more quickly than when the mind is in a conscious state. Hypnosis can help an individual to overcome phobias by reprogramming the reaction of the individual’s mind to the trigger of the phobia.

This means that, as a demophobe, the reaction of your mind to the trigger of the fear of crowd can be reprogrammed, helping you to withstand and conquer your fears. The methodology used by hypnotherapists may differ depending on the client because every individual is unique, and good hypnotherapists should be versatile and employ a variety of approaches and techniques.

The sessions usually include training in techniques of self-relaxation and a desensitisation hierarchy. Hypnosis helps to the break erroneous mental links between the trigger of enochlophobia and the reaction. With hypnosis, you no longer have to live in fear – it can help you take charge of your life once more. Hypnosis can not only help enochlophobia, but it can help other types of phobias too.

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Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

Biodun Ogunyemi is the founder of Optimind, one of the leading hypnotherapy practices within the UK. He has practised on Harley Street and is an experienced hypnotherapist, trained to the highest level in advanced hypnotherapy and NLP and is the author of over 180 hypnosis products.… Read more

Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

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