By Greg Turner | February 20, 2017
I’d like to say a few things about a 4 letter word, FEAR.
In 1895, the French Lumiere brothers created a new filming process that produced a more realistic film than was the norm for that time. They filmed a 50 second long film of a train complete with a giant locomotive coming directly at the camera. Later that year they played their film in a Paris theater. The result was sheer pandemonium. In the darkened theater, people reacted as if there was a real train hurtling directly at them. They screamed out in fear, dove under the seats, and ran into the isles.
The heightened blood pressures, the terror, the fear was very real. But the people were reacting to a simple 50 second long black and white film on the screen.
What could have caused such a reaction?
Simply put, the audience members had all kinds of thoughts about what they were seeing. Thoughts that said a very real train was about to hit them. One could almost say they were hypnotized into believing their thoughts were real.
If you have a phobia, or experience social anxiety, or performance anxiety, or have a lot of fear (as most people do) at the thought of public speaking, exactly the same kind of process as happened for the Paris theater goers is happening to you. You are hypnotized into believing your thoughts, even though the thoughts are probably occurring at a hidden level of your mind.
Since hypnosis is part of the problem, it is also part of the solution.
As a hypnotherapist who used to suffer from crippling social anxiety, performance anxiety, and fear of speaking in public I understand these problems very well. And I am in a unique position to be able to help anyone overcome these fears with hypnosis.
If you would like to discuss with me about whether or not hypnosis could help you with some kind of fear, please do give me a call at 415-261-8848. I promise no hard sell techniques; just an honest discussion from one person to another.