Many people are uncomfortable or experience a minor sense of anxiousness when thrust into a new situation or a group of unfamiliar people. However, for about ten percent of Americans, anxiety about social situations can become so severe as to be disabling. Researchers now believe that an even larger group of people may have to deal with more mild forms of social anxieties that can lead to significant problems in daily social interactions.
The term for this type of anxiety is "social phobia". It usually takes place when someone experiences fears and worries that usually are due to being in a social event. Someone with a social phobia might also have trouble with stopping themselves from thinking too much about how others are passing judgment on or evaluating them.
For those who suffer from social phobia, anxious feelings can occur in many types of situations, such as going to the store, attending parties, public speaking, being in front of an audience, or being interviewed. These kinds of socially related anxieties can also make themselves visible physically; for many people with social anxiety, sweating, flushing, shaking hands, or stomach problems can occur when facing these types of stressful situations.
Leading experts now think that social phobia consists of problems with self-confidence. Self-confidence is the ability to feel that we are able to make the right decisions, be independent, and take control over our lives. People who lack self-confidence -- an all-too common issue in today's high-stress world -- might worry too much about how they are perceived by others, to the point of not wanting to take part in social events or of beginning to feel a loss of control.
Fortunately, however, there are some basic actions a person who suffer from self-confidence problems can undertake in order to get back this sense of control. One possible action a person with self-confidence problems can undertake is to use an anxiety and phobia workbook. You can consider the anxiety and phobia workbook as simply a method to get insight into the problems you are having trouble with by maintaining a record of triggers and mood symptoms; there are also activities to do that will aid you to gain better introspection about your self-confidence problems.
When you have come to the point at which you have started to have insight about your problems with self-confidence, and have made the decision that it is now time to start developing self-confidence, then it makes sense to investigate a type of treatment that has been demonstrated to be immensely successful in social phobia. As with the anxiety and phobia workbook, this specific kind of therapy is characterized by being centered on assisting you to become pro-active and gain power over your life. What this means is that you will be curing your own problems.
This form of therapy, called hypnosis, works by taking control of the secret power of your unconscious mind to aid you to become more confident, assured, relaxed, and comfortable with yourself. You may have a hard time believing that we are all born with these abilities, but due to traumatic life events, learned disempowerment, and troubled social interactions, we often lose sight of our native abilities to seize these powers. Hypnotherapy has been scientifically demonstrated to work for people with self-confidence and anxiety problems.
Many people who suffer from self-confidence and other anxiety related problems often look for a quick fix solution, such as medicines, natural products, and short-term traditional therapy. Although these strategies can assist some individuals, they don't actually attack the cause of our self-confidence problems - our unconscious mind. In order to deal with self-confidence problems, you have to be in charge of your own cure.
If you make the decision to check out hypnosis therapy to aid you to acquire self-confidence, you will receive a course of sessions with a hypnotherapist who will help you to enter a deep state of relaxation. When you are in this deep state of relaxation, your unconscious mind is open and available to be reached by suggestive techniques. Your hypnotherapist will then work with you while in this open state to use repeated suggestion to elicit your realization that you are an able, strong, and independent person.
Some other possibilities for those who struggle with self-confidence are to participate in hypnosis through video or audio recordings, which can be viewed or listened to in the comfortable space of your own house. Many people also find that learning self hypnosis, a specific relaxation technique in which it is possible for you to open up to your innermost desires and needs, with only minimal guidance, can be very helpful. Whatever form of hypnotherapy for anxiety you decide upon, you can be certain that you are taking an important step in creating your own treatment and recovery.