Nearly everyone in their life will fear something at one stage. Whether its spiders or going outside. There are over hundreds of different fears around the world, some quite common and some less.
You’re mind often makes things out to be worse than they actually are. If someone might have had a traumatic experience with a dog, they may feel scared of dogs afterwards, because whenever they see one their mind thinks of the traumatic experience making you think of danger. But of course not all dogs are like that, it was just that one dog. As soon as you face your fears, you’ll realise how they’re not that bad after all, and although you may feel uncomfortable seeing a dog around, you’ll feel a lot more confident than before because of that one time it came near you and nothing happened. Of course not everyone has a fear of dogs, but imagine your fear being the dog. I’m not saying that if you have a fear of heights to suddenly go sky diving and get over it but to do things slowly. Go up floor by floor and when you have enough confidence, skydive.
Let’s go back to the dogs. Here is what we call a ‘fear ladder’ for example, if you’re scared of dogs:
Step 1: Look at pictures of dogs.
• Step 2: Watch a video with dogs in it.
• Step 3: Look at a dog through a window.
• Step 4: Stand across the street from a dog on a leash.
• Step 5: Stand 10 feet away from a dog on a leash.
• Step 6: Stand five feet away from a dog on a leash.
• Step 7: Stand beside a dog on a leash.
• Step 8: Pet a small dog that someone is holding.
• Step 9: Pet a larger dog on a leash.
• Step 10: Pet a larger dog off leash.
When you should seek help:
•It causes intense and disabling fear, anxiety, and panic
•You recognize that your fear is excessive and unreasonable
•You avoid certain situations and places because of your phobia
•Your avoidance interferes with your normal routine or causes significant distress
•You’ve had the phobia for at least six months
You should never feel embarrassed about your fear, it’s not your fault. – Bron
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