Updated: Apr 30, 2020
"The subconscious mind can not tell the difference between what's real and what's imagined" ~ Bob Proctor
Working with adults who are trying to combat fears and phobias is kind of like having a conversation with a child about monsters in the wardrobe or under the bed! The only difference is that when I'm working with an adult with a phobia, it is like having a conversation with the ‘child-like’ part of the mind… the subconscious mind in order to reinforce that THERE ARE NO MONSTERS IN THE WARDROBE OR UNDER THE BED. Even though the mind keeps on thinking otherwise.
What's really on your mind?
It would be like trying to tell a 4 year old that there are no monsters and they don't want to listen. This is the same thing that happens with adults when talking about fears and phobias. There is just no rationalizing with the subconscious when it gets a hold of an idea, because the subconscious doesn't see it that way, it sees what it IMAGINES IS REAL.
Which is just like the example of a client I helped with hypnotherapy, who had a phobia of birds. Although logically a seagull swooping overhead is more interested in seeing whether or not you'll throw away a few scraps of food while you are sitting on the beach, a person with a phobia of birds imagines that the seagull’s intentions is to attack their head and eyes!