Phobias are extreme and often irrational fears of specific objects, places, people or animals. They may also be extreme fear of specific emotions. Although not always, they often derive from childhood and are centred around an event or series of events that led to the extreme phobic response. By examining these events, and reprocessing the beliefs that were developed at the time, we can help dissipate the extreme reaction.
The most common phobias are fear of flying, fear of public speaking, social anxiety and fear of going out in public, fear of blood, fear of needles, fear of death, fear of spiders, fear of mice, fear of the darkness, fear of enclosed spaces (Claustrophobia), fear of open spaces (Agoraphobia). Although these are the most common, many things can create a phobic response within us.