By Brian Robinson. Our face always has a lot to say. But it doesn't always speak for us. If you've read Blushing Part 1, you will have met with the idea that blushing is a strategy designed to help keep us safe. Basically, it is one of a number of non-threatening signals we can send … Continue reading Anxiety: Blushing Part 2: The Therapist’s Problem.
By Brian Robinson. Why do we blush? There are several reasons why we blush. For example, we may get caught in a lie; it might be a sign of guilt or embarrassment; or indeed we sometimes blush when we are attracted to someone. But here, we are only concerned with blushing in social situations; where … Continue reading Anxiety: The Problem With Blushing. Part 1
By Brian Robinson. Many people who suffer from general anxiety also develop worries about their health. The tendency for this to emerge is a common characteristic of GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) and panic. When this happens, this could be no more than raised health concerns. Or, it could be that the person has developed a … Continue reading Health Phobia
By Brian Robinson. The problem Pretty much everyone knows what you have to do to recover from a phobia. For the agoraphobic: you need to get out more, stop avoiding things, there is a world out there just waiting to be rediscovered. For the person with social phobia: you need to stop worrying about what … Continue reading Phobias: Guide to Recovery
By Brian Robinson. Escape Before we look at social phobia in any detail, we need to first understand what a phobia is and why it exists. In a nutshell, phobias exist to help us avoid danger. Under normal circumstances, the avoidance of danger is something that happens consciously and naturally. For a phobia to emerge … Continue reading Social Phobia
By Brian Robinson. Exposed Exposure Therapy is an approach used in the treatment of various anxiety disorders, and particularly, in the treatment of phobias and OCD. But in one sense, Exposure Therapy isn’t a therapy at all. It is just something that happens naturally given the right circumstances. What we have to do, is create … Continue reading Exposure Therapy Explained
By Brian Robinson. What is a Phobia Phobias are not illnesses they are classed as disorders. When we become phobic, this does not mean we are under attack from some virus or that an essential part of our inner defense system has broken down. In fact, just the opposite is true. There is a system … Continue reading Phobias In a Nutshell