Many people do not enjoy going on roller coasters or fairground rides because they do not like the disorientation or the forces exerted on their bodies. For some people, it is just a matter of preference but for others it is because they feel too frightened.
Why Not Ride the Roller Coasters?
A fear of roller coasters does not have to be specific - it can come from other phobias like claustrophobia, fear of heights, fear of being sick or even agoraphobia. A fear of roller coasters might also result from the heightened awareness of danger that occurs in some people as a result of having children.
A fear of roller coasters is not the end of the world but it can seriously restrict the fun you and your family experience on a day out in a theme park. To some extent you will lose out on a valuable bonding experience with your children. Avoiding rides also has a serious effect on how your children regard you: in a 2009 poll carried out by Chessington World of Adventures children rated parents "wimping out on rides" as the seventh most embarrassing thing parents can do whilst at a theme park.
Chessington World of Adventures Phobia Day
On Friday 9th October 2009 Stephen Rigby conducted a special hypnotherapy session for the winners of Chessington World of Adventures "Scaredy Cat Parents" competition. Over 150 children wrote in and nominated their parent as a "Scaredy Cat". The prize was the opportunity to ride a roller coaster with their parent (after the parent had been taught to address their fear during a hypnotherapy session). All the winning children had their dreams answered with all parents saying that they had enjoyed the experience (even the one that used to "run from the queue for baby rides in tears"). It was wonderful to see the beaming smiles that were displayed on the faces of the once "Scaredy Cat" parents as they were captured on the "in ride" cameras (see below). Chessington World of Adventures organised a once in a lifetime opportunity that epitomised their aim to provide true family entertainment.
If you have decided that your fear of roller coasters has held you back long enough, telephone Stephen Rigby now on 01483 566115 and book an appointment to discuss how hypnotherapy might assist you. Appointments are available at Guildford and Woking, Surrey. You can also book online.