Sharon Dyke, Hypnotherapist in Taunton
Sharon Dyke
Solution Focused Hypnotherapist in Taunton
T: 07766 250 113


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Overcoming flying phobias

If you feel a little uneasy at the prospect of flying away for your holidays, or a little anxious when the boss sends you on a business trip that sees you take to the skies, then Solution Focused Hypnotherapy may be able to help you.

Using safe techniques, hypnotherapy can help you to overcome that minor phobia or fear that may have been holding you back for so long.

Sharon Dyke, a fully insured and qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner based in Taunton, says: “We work with clients who may dislike aspects of flying that can result in them feeling a bit nervous before they get onto a plane or while they are on board.

“Over a period of normally three to four hypnotherapy sessions, we can help someone feel more confident about flying – with the sole aim of helping them to board a plane feeling calm and relaxed.”

Sharon uses specific hypnotherapy techniques that involve helping people overcome specific phobic responses – these can range from a fear of flying to a fear of spiders or heights.

“To be able to help someone gain confidence in an area of their life is a fantastic feeling and it is great that clients can, themselves, go on to gain confidence as an air passenger or in other areas of their life – thanks to Solution Focused Hypnotherapy together with their desire for positive change.”

Sharon Dyke trained at Clifton Practice to gain her Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Diploma (HPD) – which is currently considered, by many, to be the “gold standard” in the hypnotherapy industry.

Sharon Dyke is also part of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), which requires members to adhere to a high standard of professional conduct and on-going supervision alongside attendance at regular training events throughout the year.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help ease stress, improve confidence, aid in weight management, and to stop smoking.

Anxiety impacts on neurotic people

I saw this Article in Media News toady, I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

Researchers from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania claim to have revealed new insights in why neurotic people are so prone to evading decision-making.

Neuroticism is a character trait defined by "the experience of chronic negative affect" - say the researchers - that is both easily triggered and difficult to control. Sadness, anxiety, irritability and self-consciousness are all components of this negative affect.

Neurotic people - compared with "emotionally stable" people - will experience clinical depression, guilt and anger much more frequently and severely. They are more susceptible to having phobias and other anxiety disorders. Trivial frustrations can provoke despair, and neurotic people may find everyday situations intimidating.

It is thought that neurotic people tend to avoid action when confronted with major life decisions, which can lead to negative consequences in their lives.

To examine this, the researchers - who published their findings in the Journal of Personality - wanted to see whether neuroticism is associated with positive or negative actions.

Therefore, they investigated whether depression and anxiety decreased "proactive behavior" in neurotic people. They also wanted to see whether the "collectivistic tendencies" of a person - such as considering the social consequences of your actions - influences how neurotic people view "action" and "inaction."

Neurotic people have a negative view of taking action

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Anxiety is primarily responsible for the negative attitudes toward action in neurotic individuals.

The researchers found that neurotic people do not view taking action as a positive step, unlike emotionally stable people.

"People who are less emotionally stable have less positive attitudes toward action and more positive attitudes toward inaction," the authors write.

They explain that anxiety is primarily responsible for the negative attitudes toward action in neurotic individuals.

"The link between neuroticism and less positive attitudes toward action was strongest among individuals who endorsed more collectivistic than individualistic beliefs," they claim.

The researchers think that by learning to value action, neurotic people may be able to change their own anxiety-influenced negative behaviors. An example of this would be dealing proactively with stress rather than withdrawing from it.

"People who are interested in reducing the harmful consequences of neuroticism in their own lives should think about how their attitudes toward action might be affecting their behavior," the authors conclude, adding that:


"These findings lay the groundwork for finding new methods of studying and ultimately preventing the negative consequence of neurotic action avoidance. Specifically, increasing exposure to action may be sufficient to combat tendencies to avoid proactive behavior."

In 2012, Medical News Today reported on a study by researchers from the University of Warwick, England, and the University of Minnesota, who found that happiness is significantly threatened by neuroticism.

In that study, the researchers found that highly neurotic people who are well paid are more likely to perceive a pay rise as a failure. This is because people with high levels of neuroticism will view increases of income as a measure of success, and so their life satisfaction will be lowered if they do not think a pay increase is as much as they were expecting.

"These results suggest that we see money more as a device to measure our successes or failures rather than as a means to achieve more comfort," claim the researchers behind that study.

Written by David McNamee

Sharon Dyke, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist in Taunton
07766 250 113
Sharon Dyke HPD, CBT (Hyp), SFBT (Hyp), SFBT Sup (Hyp), HG Dip, Cert Ed.

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I’m a qualified Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist & Solution Focused Supervisor for Hypnotherapists and I’m here to help. If you’d like to discuss how I can help you, then please get in touch with me, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.