Support video Its not about the past – Cure your Emetophobia fear of being sick

The video below is an support video for people going through The Thrive Programme to overcome their fear of being sick/seeing others vomiting. The manual they are using is called ‘Cure your emetophobia and thrive‘ – which is available from this website. (There is also a teenagers with emetophobia version of the book)

The Thrive Programme is the most successful and predictable cure for emetophobia and is fully backed up by scientific research. In our own research survey, all 164 participants overcame their fear of being sick. The programme was created by Rob Kelly – a therapist with over 30 years clinical experience – who has helped thousands of people to overcome their fear of being sick, and live happy, fulfilled lives.

A key area in which people often have an external sense of power and control is in relation to their beliefs about the significance of their past. Most people believe that their past has a big impact upon their lives today.

* People often believe that the past has a significant impact upon them today, for example fixing their personailty of forming their self-esteem.

* Individuals frequently think that a particular past event is causing their symptoms or problem today.

* They believe that past difficult or traumatic memories still have power over them and that they are responsible for their negative emotions currently.

Though many past events were significant and potentially traumatic at the time, they aren’t a direct cause of peoples problems and anxieties later on, its NOT about the past. A person may be brooding about the past event, creating negative emotions about it in the present. Earlier life events, no matter how conflicting or traumatic, have very little, if any direct effect upon your life now. The event itself or the memory of the event isn’t the important factor in a persons distress right now, its is their beliefs and thinking now that matter.

Memory – is entirely constructive. Memory is a reconstruction. We pile together different pieces of information when we recall events. Think back to your wedding day, or last birthday or any event. You can perhaps bring to mind snapshots or a video of the event? You have probably browsed through ‘snapshots’ or watched in your mind a video of the event dozens of times? We don’t actually store pictures, snapshots or videos in our brain it feels like we do but we don’t. Ochsner and Schacter have stated that “Cognitive psychology and neuroscience have impressively demonstrated that memory is an active process that involves interpretations and construction at all stages” so contrary to what it fees like, we don’t have a photo or video vault in our brains that accurately stores all the events and experiences in our lives so that they can come back to haunt us at a later date. We reconstruct our memories. We can think of this a bit like constructing a memory as being rather like a jigsaw puzzle and filling in the blank spaces with what you think probably goes there. Factors affect how we encode and remember events. Firstly, how the person was feeling at the time of the experience what belief systems they href then, what thinking styles they were using the time, what sort of mood they were in, all affect how the event is encoded.

An example – if you have a phobia of dogs and race with panic and anxiety after being barked at by a dog today, your action stems from the beliefs you hold about dogs TODAY. Your psychological foundations TODAY and how well you are managing your mindset TODAY. Its not about the past!

Support video Its not about the past – Cure your Emetophobia fear of being sick

Some Quicklinks:

Buy a copy of ‘Cure your emetophobia and thrive
Read about our research survey where all 164 participants overcame their emetophobia
View some emetophobia cure videos: real people who have overcome their fear of being sick and vomit
Locate a Thrive Consultant to help you work through the programme
Watch our emetophobia support videos on YouTube
Join our emetophobiacure Facebook support group
Follow @emetophobiacure on Twitter