You won’t be able to understand why your loved one takes eight flights of stairs every day at work instead of the perfectly functional elevators.
You won’t be able to understand if you don’t have a fear of enclosed spaces, that is.
Personal Space and Its Relation to Claustrophobic Fear
Every person moves around in a protective bubble of ‘near space’. You may know of this bubble by another name: personal space. Different people have different sizes of personal space, which is why it’s easier to understand why some people have claustrophobia, while others don’t.
Claustrophobia and Us
According to HRF.org, up to five percent of the general U.S. public suffers or may suffer from some form of claustrophobia.
So, why do certain people suffer from claustrophobic fear? They usually project their ‘personal space’ too far away from their bodies.
Claustrophobic fear is felt by everyone, mostly in its mild form. Only 4% of estimated people known to have this fear suffer from full-blown claustrophobia which is triggered when riding in an elevator with people or standing in a small room.
What Is Claustrophobia?
A person who has a traumatic experience with elevators or tight spaces (stuck for a long time with no way of getting out) is more likely to develop this mental disorder. This, however, doesn’t mean the person will develop symptoms of full-scale claustrophobia.
This is why medical researchers believe other factors may also have a hand to play, i.e. basic aspects of spatial perception in relation with claustrophobic fear.
The above theory can also lend light as to why some people suffer from mild claustrophobia while others go through a full-blown panic attack when faced with the same situation.
Additionally, people with the same claustrophobic fear, i.e. fear of tight spaces don’t necessarily experience symptoms in all or some situations where fear of tight spaces can emerge. Some people who have claustrophobia experience symptoms on park rides that use secure restraints, for example. Others face this fear in MRI chambers.
What Are The Symptoms Of Claustrophobia?
Feelings or symptoms similar to a panic attack can be felt with claustrophobic fear. These include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Feelings of panic, dread, terror
Can Hypnosis Help Alleviate Symptoms Of Claustrophobic Fear?
Like other mental issues, claustrophobic fear can also be helped with hypnosis. It’s our subconscious where the fear of tight spaces or elevators resides. Through hypnosis, gentle reprogramming or reconditioning of the mind is effectively done in a way that prompts the sufferer to overcome his or her fear of enclosed spaces.
When the automatic fear and panic response is addressed, then only can you take a previous trigger situation in stride and neutralize the irrational fear. Hypnosis has been known to provide good results for not only sufferers of claustrophobic fear but also anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress related issues and weight-loss.