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It is not unusual for people to suffer from more than one phobia. The phobias can be created individually or can creep to seemingly unrelated things. This can result in the creation of some strange phobias.
The Tangled Journey to a New Phobia
A client (Sally -
The Connecting Phobia Discovered
Sally’s fear of escalators had been “hidden” by her other fears. We discovered that escalators made the connection between her fear of heights, confined spaces and fairground rides.
Sally’s fear of heights had started when she fell from a wall and her fear of confined spaces (claustrophobia) when she became trapped inside a box (both childhood experiences).
On a visit to London in her mid teens Sally recalled being unable to descend an escalator on the London Underground because to do so would have resulted in her being “trapped” in an underground train. Her claustrophobia “crept” to escalators (phobias can develop that quickly).
Fear Transferred to Fairground Rides
It was when Sally was 17 that her fear of fairground rides started: the Big Wheel stopped while she was at the top. Sally panicked and remembers being physically restrained from jumping from the ride (a greater fear had overcome her fear of heights).
Prior to this incident Sally had enjoyed fairgrounds rides. On this occasion, however, Sally had been hit by three phobias simultaneously. Firstly, there was her fear of heights, then a sense of being trapped (claustrophobia). Thirdly, her view down through the steel structure of the Big Wheel “reminded” her subconscious of an escalator. Her three phobias added together and “crept” to the Big Wheel. From there it quickly became generalised to all fairground rides.
Phobia Creep Will Continue if Not Stopped
It is not necessary to discover the cause of a phobia but frequently in addressing them we get clues. Phobia creep is a continuing problem for some people which results, in extreme cases, of them becoming more and more imprisoned by their fears.
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