Acquiring a fear of unfamiliar surroundings can put a great deal of constraint on a person’s life. People often respond to this fear by deciding to stay close to home, or even at home, reasoning that the best thing to do is avoid the situation which rouses the fear response. Of course, this is not the answer! The Unfamiliar Surroundings Hypnosis Script from The Script Collection provides people with a simple and delightful method to help their clients who feel worried about being anywhere away from home discover that the secret of feeling comfortable is inside them. The brief pre-talk allows people to implant the idea that anyone can learn to feel comfortable with things they don’t know about. The induction process plays with a number of truisms which their client will easily recognise and relate to as they relax. From there people will lead them to revisit an uncomfortable memory where they experienced a fear of unfamiliar surroundings but in a dissociated state. This allows them to discover that they can re-write that event in a more enjoyable manner and learn from their own involvement in that new, enjoyable situation. Extrapolation to the future then allows repeated rehearsal of feeling totally comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
Developing a fear of going somewhere new, or even a place too far from home, can make life difficult.When the sufferer responds naturally by staying closer to home, the scene is set for things to get worse because with anxiety, avoidance tends to make the problem worse.
Although the obvious ‘solution’ to a fear of new situations is to avoid them, it is of course the wrong one.The way to be comfortable away from home is to generate feelings of comfort and security within yourself.With this skill, you can be almost anywhere and remain calm and in control.
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