How to DELETE: Phobias

A phobia is a strong, persistent, and irrational fear elicited by a specific stimulus or situation. About one out of ten people suffer a severe fear of specific objects, activities, or settings. However, phobias can be easily overcome through quick and effective help (i.e., coaching, counseling, or therapy).

Eliminate fears and phobias with the DELETE TechniquesThe list of phobias is virtually endless. It includes abnormal fear of death or dying, dentists, bridges, heights, closed spaces, open spaces, crowds, animals, public speaking, among many others.

Other common phobias are fear of commitment, fear of intimacy, fear of success, as well as fear of failure, fear of aging, fear of change and even fear of the fear.

Whatever the kind of phobia, the feelings experienced have a restrictive, debilitating effect on your freedom to function, and certainly on your ability to enjoy life fully. One of the major laments of phobia victims is that they have lost control of their lives, due to their inability to control their abnormal feelings of fear.

But, since most phobias are programmed by experience, imagination, or instruction, they can be deprogrammed. The DELETE Techniques can help you quickly and easily control phobic feelings and responses—even cancel them out completely!

How common are phobias?

Eliminate fear of crowds or crowded places with the DELETE TechniquesPhobias are extremely common within the population. Women are marginally more affected than men with a male to female ratio of 1:2. More that 10% of the population in the United States has some form of phobia. It is the most common mental disorder in the United States.

Social phobia is the third most common psychiatric disorder with a lifetime prevalence of 13%. The diagnosis is appropriate only if the avoidance, fear or anxious anticipation of encountering the phobic stimulus interferes significantly with the person's daily routine, occupational functioning, social life or if the person is markedly distressed about having the phobia.

The Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (DSMIV 1994)

Traditional exposure therapy can sometimes be an obstacle to treatment. A small amount of people (~20%) are usually too overwhelmed to seek treatment for their phobias because the thought of being exposed to what they have been avoiding is too threatening.

Gender Differences

  • Eliminate fear of elevators with the DELETE TechniquesPhobias affect people of all ages, from all walks of life, and in every part of the country. The American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) has reported that in any given year, 7.8% of American adults have phobias. They are the most common psychiatric illness among women of all ages and are the second most common illness among men older than 25.
  • With the exception of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the possibly social anxiety, women have twice the risk for most anxiety disorders as men. A number of factors may increase the reported rise in women, including hormonal factors, cultural pressures to meet everyone else's needs except their own, and fewer self-restrictions on reporting anxiety to physicians.
  • According to Mind Disorders, there are twice as many women with specific phobias than there are men with this disorder. The gender ratio variable varies depending upon the type of specific phobia. Approximately 75% to 90% of people with the animal, situational, and natural environment types of phobias are more prevalent in females. Approximately 55% to 70% of people with the blood-injection-injury phobia are female. For height phobias, there are fewer women than men than for other specific phobia types; however, illness phobias are more common in men.
  • Eliminate fear of flying or fear of heights with the DELETE TechniquesAgoraphobia, the fear of open spaces, occurs about twice as commonly among women as it does in men. The gender difference may be attributable to social-cultural factors that encourage, or permit, the greater expression of avoidant coping strategies by women. Other theories include the ideas that women are more likely to seek help and therefore be diagnosed, that men are more likely to abuse alcohol as a reaction to anxiety and be diagnosed as an alcoholic, and that traditional female sex roles prescribe women to react to anxiety by engaging in dependent and helpless behaviors. Research results have not yet produced a single clear explanation as to the gender differences in agoraphobia (Wikipedia).

Are there genetic factors associated with phobias?

Anxiety can be treated with the DELETE TechniquesYes, there are genetic factors associated with phobias. Many people who have phobias have relatives with similar phobias or symptoms such as fears and/or a tendency to avoid certain situations.

At what age do phobias appear?

Phobias frequently begin in childhood. Personal trauma and stress can sometimes trigger a phobia. For instance, a person who was once trapped in a small room might later become frightened of closed spaces.

How are phobias diagnosed?

Phobias are usually diagnosed when people find that their schoolwork, job, or personal relationships are in trouble because of their heightened fears, and they seek professional help. However, phobias are often not diagnosed because people simply learn to avoid situations that cause them anxiety.


Top 15 Phobias

  • Eliminate fear of water with the DELETE TechniquesSpiders, bugs, mice, snakes, birds and bats
  • Heights
  • Taking public transportation
  • Afraid of being in water
  • Storms
  • Being in a crowd
  • Miscellaneous fear
  • Confinement in an enclosed space
  • Being in tunnels and on bridges
  • Public Speaking, Performance Anxiety
  • Being out of the house alone
  • Being alone – loneliness
  • Animals
  • Social Phobia or Meeting new people
  • Eating in public

Joe Kohut (1994) – The Little Book of Phobias Philadelphia: Running Press

Here’s the Good News!!!

Phobias can be overcome through a process called the DELETE Techniques.
These techniques are a simple system by which individuals easily and quickly learn to selectively DELETE (eliminate) their unpleasant or unwanted thoughts and feelings.

The DELETE Techniques are widely known for achieving rapid positive response, and they work for almost everyone.

ACT NOW! Suffering is optional…

If you (or someone you know) suffer from phobias, you should consider trying the DELETE Techniques as soon as possible. There’s no reason to suffer needlessly when something can be done to resolve your problem.

We invite you to call us for a FREE initial telephone consultation to determine how the DELETE Techniques will help you. We offer both group and private sessions. We accept many insurance coverages and credit cards. This makes our services available and affordable to virtually everyone.

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  • Fear of spiders
  • Fear of bugs
  • Fear of mice
  • Fear of snakes
  • Fear of birds
  • Fear of bats
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of taking public transportation
  • Fear of water
  • Fear of storms
  • Fear of crowds
  • Fear of enclosed spaces
  • Fear of elevators
  • Fear of tunnels
  • Fear of bridges
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Performance anxiety
  • Fear of being out of the house alone
  • Fear of being alone
  • Fear of animals
  • Fear of meeting new people
  • Fear of eating in public
  • Fear of death or dying
  • Fear of doctors or dentists
  • Any fear or phobia