Needle Phobia - Cure your Phobia of Needles
- Chris Harrison
- 20th September 2011 - Updated 24th June 2012
Where do Needle Phobias come from?
I don't like needles - and as far as I remember, I never have. Dental injections and Blood tests are the ones I dread the most, and coincidently these are the ones which have caused me the most pain in the past.
In most cases people don't really have a phobia of needles but are very apprehensive of injections because it can actually hurt and sometimes doctors and dentists do not get it quite right. I'm not trying to downplay the anxiety that people can have with needles, just make the point that fears and phobias are very different animals and need to be treated differently.
Before trying to fix your needle phobia, it's important to recognize the difference between a phobia and a fear or apprehension.
Read the article NLP Phobia Cure - how do I use NLP to cure a Phobia? for information on how to tell the difference, and make sure that you can actually recognize the phobic process in your mind before attempting a phobia cure.
What's the easiest way to cure Needle Phobias?
Needle phobias are not one of the easiest issues to deal with - simply because they are not really an irrational fear - needles can hurt. Usually though the pain is fairly mild and short. Needle fears become irrational where someone is so scared of an injection that they are willing to risk their own health to avoid 10 seconds of slight discomfort.
A phobia of needles is probably one of the more likely phobias to return too, simply because there is a higher chance of a reoccurrence of a bad 'needle experience' than of a bad snake or spider experience. But that doesn't mean you should have to live with a phobia of needles.
The easiest and quickest way to remove a needle phobia is the NLP fast phobia cure which you can either use yourself or get someone to talk you through. You can also walk another person through it should you be hoping to help someone else with their phobia.
As with many phobias, the most difficult part of the phobia cure is recognizing the internal 'movie' that you are running mentally that gets you into the phobic state. With a phobia of needles this is often a movie of the needle breaking off or being bent back. It's important to spend time working out exactly what the process is, rather than just guessing. It's a common problem with NLP interventions that people guess or assume what their internal processes are rather than spend time actually finding out what is really happening. Making up an internal process then fixing it is not going to fix the real problem.
Are there any products you can buy for curing a Needle Phobia?
As a phobia of needles is a very common phobia, there are a few specific products. For a general phobia cure you can checkout Richard Bandler's Banishing Phobias CD or for a specific needle phobia cure checkout Paul McKenna's Overcome your Phobia recordings.