Treating Brontophobia, The Fear of Thunderstorms, With Hypnotherapy
Brontophobia is a common fear that many people around the globe have; the fear of thunderstorms. For as long as this phobia has been around, we have been looking for methods to overcome it. Today, there is a variety of treatment options used. To help eliminate this phobia, professionals recommend certain hypnosis techniques that are proven effective in alleviating stress and phobias.
Brontophobia sufferers possess an extreme fear of storms. Loud, startling thunder and flashes of lightning can spark anxiety and panic attacks in people with brontophobia. Other effects include a rapid heartbeat, sweating, and an intense sensation of fear, which increases until a person feels ill.
For lots of people, the fear of lightning and thunder starts at an early age, when as children, we hide under the covers during a serious storm. Brontophobia can be especially overwhelming for small children. Many scared children feel powerless during bad weather, and their mothers and fathers often feel helpless to help them cope with their fears.
Even in spite of its frequency in young kids, brontophobia can develop at any time in life, frequently after someone has an experience such as getting shocked, which recalls a lightning strike. A traumatic event such as surviving a hurricane may also cause an intense fear of storms.
People may come to link loud sounds, the sensation of pain, or shock with thunder and lightning, which may grow into a phobia. Brontophobia is so common that it's even seen in many animals; for example, many people notice that their pets seem scared in thunderstorms.
People with brontophobia try to avoid the sights and sounds of storms. People may experience anxiety during disasters such as floods. This can put them in danger if they cannot function under circumstances which calls for them to remain calm and react decisively.
People with brontophobia typically hate storm season, often struggling in summer when storms occur frequently. They might continually check weather reports and behave extra cautiously during bouts of bad weather. To others, these actions may seem obsessive and paranoid. People afflicted with the phobia may find this fear gradually taking control of their lives.
There are many techniques available for treating brontophobia and other phobias. High-profile ones include counseling, anti-anxiety medication, and hypnosis. Hypnosis tends to deliver safer, faster results and it is non-invasive, having no harmful side effects. For these reasons, hypnosis is a widely used treatment.
Hypnosis is excellent as a form of relaxation therapy and has traditionally been used to this end. By beginning with stress-relief techniques, hypnotherapy helps tense, worried phobia patients initiate the process of healing. When an individual is feeling at ease, it is easier for hypnosis techniques to guide the unconscious into a phobia-free thought process.
Nearly all phobias are connected to negative imagery or stimuli, which become connected to fear deep within the unconscious mind. For people with brontophobia, the rumble of thunder, the blinding flash of lightning, or even the sight of clouds often provokes fear. Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) work at the unconscious level of the mind to disconnect the feeling of fear from these triggers to bring powerful fear relief. One of the most effective techniques is called the NLP Visual/Kinesthetic Disassociation.
Ericksonian hypnosis is a form of hypnosis that is commonly used to treat phobia-related stress. Named for its developer, Dr. Milton Erickson, MD, this form of therapy uses indirect suggestions hidden in stories, conversation, and metaphors to eliminate a phobia. Indirect suggestions work better than traditional post-hypnotic direct suggestions because we tend to question, resist, and reject commands. Suggestions which are hidden from conscious thought are much better able to help people to vanquish their phobias.
Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP techniques have an additional advantage over conventional hypnotherapy programs because they are formulated to treat any phobia. Thus, a single program is usable for curing any phobia, or even several phobias if need be. Furthermore, each program employs a variety of techniques to work for anyone.
For many, hypnosis therapy is an ideal treatment option, which offers rapid and permanent results. Cowering in bed and feeling frightened is not the way a phobia sufferer should live. Using hypnosis and NLP techniques, virtually everyone can vanquish this serious phobia.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Treating Brontophobia, The Fear of Thunderstorms, With Hypnotherapy
Monday, March 10, 2014
Halloran , Featured Columnist Nov 18, 2013 Use your (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 13 Comments From Brazil to Barcelona and everywhere in between, the beauty of world football can be found all around us. These 25 images reveal the passion of the fans and the players, from their moments of triumph to their moments of pain and defeat. They also reveal the beauty of mother nature herself and the joy found in the game by the youngest of players. Here are 25 beautiful images of the beautiful game. La Masia Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Long before the multimillion dollar contracts, the legions of fans or the big endorsement deal, it began with children who loved playing a simple and beautiful game. Beach Soccer in Brazil Michael Regan/Getty Images It is a common sight in Brazilpeople playing the beautiful game in a soccer-mad country in front of some of the picturesque scenes in the world. Extra Time Martin Rose/Getty Images It's a concept those outside the sport struggle to grasp: that there's no clock in the stadium counting down for all to see. But that great unknown (when will the center official blow the final whistle?), has the fans of both the winning and losing sides on the edge of their seat until the very end. This image is from the 2011 Women's World Cup when American Abby Wambach scored in the 122nd minute to force a penalty shootout against Brazil.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Our ability to outfit our teams has been made much more efficient, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Sport Chalet." In addition to creating convenient access to top apparel and equipment offered by Sport Chalet, this collaboration also includes the following benefits: Existing and new Sport Chalet Action Pass members will have the opportunity within their account profile to designate Pepperdine University as their school of choice. Upon selection, Sport Chalet will automatically donate 3.3 percent of every purchase made by the corresponding Action Pass member (in store or online) to the Waves athletics program. Sport Chalet's Thousand Oaks location will offer Pepperdine merchandise to help fans, spectators and alumni get in the school spirit. Sport Chalet Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Craig Levra commented, "We are passionate about supporting athletes at all levels, and the collegiate arena is increasingly breeding top talent. Together with Pepperdine University's Department of Athletics, we deliver a convenient and reliable channel to equip team members with the proper gear and apparel needed for training and competition. Additionally, we created an easy avenue through our Action Pass program that now allows the student body, fan and alumni communities to give back to Pepperdine's athletics program." For more information about the Pepperdine University Department of Athletics, visit: www.pepperdinesports.com . To find a Sport Chalet location or to learn more about the Action Pass program visit: www.sportchalet.com . About Sport Chalet, Inc. Sport Chalet (Nasdaq: SPCHA, SPCHB) is a premier, full service specialty sporting goods retailer featuring the industry's top sports brands in apparel, footwear, and sports equipment. Founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz, the company has 51 stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah; an online store at www.sportchalet.com ; a Team Sales division; and offers more than 50 specialty services for the sports enthusiast, including online same day delivery, climbing, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education, and mountain trekking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental and repair, Scuba training and certification, Scuba boat charters, team sales, gait analysis, baseball/softball glove steaming and lacing, racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store locations. For more information, visit Sport Chalet at www.sportchalet.com . About Pepperdine Athletics Pepperdine University boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12).
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Monday, February 17, 2014
The following article suggests tips on how to write short stories, which all budding writers will find immensely useful. Read on.
One of the first and foremost tips for writing a short story is that it should be fast paced. Unlike a novel, wherein you get a lot of time to introduce your characters or build up the plot, in a short story, the reader has to be engaged quickly! Sometimes one or two paragraphs is all that you might have to get your reader interested. This can be quite a task, especially if you are writing for the first time. Scroll down for some more useful writing tips on how to write short stories.
Tips on How to Write Short Stories
Decide on the Story Idea
The first thing that you have to arrive upon when fiction writing is the story idea. What is it that you want to write about in your story? Is there a particular situation that you want to bring forth or you want to write about the life of some fictional character? Look around yourself and you will find many inspirations for short story ideas. Always carry a notebook with you wherever you go. You never know when you might come across a unique story idea! You can find inspiration in anything - perhaps in some incident in your family or some funny situation in your college or in something deep narrated to you by a close friend!
Considering that in your head you have some basic idea of what you want to write about, now is the time to start writing the story. The introduction to the story has to be very gripping, in fact so interesting that the reader cannot help but read through the whole story. The introduction should bring forth the time and setting of the story as well as introduce the characters, especially the protagonist. In a short story, keep the number of characters to the minimum and do not spend much time introducing them, otherwise the readers might feel bored. Start with the action or main events of the story as soon as possible. Here, one of the tips on how to write short stories for kids and beginners is to write a rough story plan. Jot down all the possible characters, events, situations that will occur in your story along with the end. Refer to this story plan while writing the actual story. You may further refer to short story ideas for kids.
Keep the Characters Real
A writer should know his characters very well. Only then he will be able to describe them to others. When creating characters in a story, keep them very real. As nobody's perfect in this world so how can your characters be? Keep this in mind while developing the characters in the story. Along with their good points, mention their flaws, any peculiarities, etc as well.
Keep the "Plot" Crisp
When writing the plot of the story, refrain from the tendency to give any unnecessary information. Write only relevant things. The story should start with an introduction and then quickly move on to the real "action", before resulting in climax and then the final conclusion or end. One of the most effective of tips on how to write short stories plots is to keep the reader guessing. In the middle of the plot, do not reveal anything about the end. Instead, build up the climax with some interesting and clever use of words and incidents.
When you are writing on any of the short story topics, you have to be at it everyday. Devote a lot of time to writing the various elements of a short story. There will be times when you do not like what you have written. At these times, do not feel disheartened. Instead, scrap what you didn't like and start writing again. If you are facing a writer's block and unable to write some days, simply go for a walk or stay in nature's company, till you find your inspiration back. Also, it is usually seen that first time writers have this tendency to use flowery language to impress others, little realizing that it is one thing which is not needed at all. When writing your story, use very simple and direct language, which the readers can understand easily and feel connected to.
Do the Editing
Once you have written a short story, edit it. Look for any mistakes that you might have made. See that the story flows without any hiccups or that the characters are written well. If you know someone who writes, a good idea is to get the editing done by that person. Also, have your friends and family go through the story. if they have any suggestions and you too agree with them, incorporate these in your short story.
These are some tips on how to write short stories. In the end, if you feel that for some reason you are not able to do creative writing at present, do not feel disheartened. Inculcate the habit of writing a journal every day. When you meet people, if you find something interesting or peculiar about them, make a note of that. When surfing the Internet or watching TV, if you come across some incidents or situations, around which you feel you can develop a story, keep a written record of these. As you go through life, the more you see the ups and downs, the more experience you gain. This will certainly add to your creative and deep thinking, increasing your possibility to become a good writer!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Paul McKenna burst onto a world stage with his "The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna" television series. The show had celebrities play roles in funny scenarios alongside some audience members that Paul McKenna had hypnotized.
However Paul McKenna is now best known for his vast array of books, hypnosis audio and multimedia products. Paul McKenna has hosted a multitude of television shows ranging from the "Paranormal World of Paul McKenna" where he investigated the weird and wonderful to "Paul McKenna Can Make You Thin" when he used the British public as subjects in his weight loss program!
Paul McKenna tours frequently not only with his hypnotic shows but also presenting seminars in his weight loss program and neuro-linguistic programming.
At the age of 16 Paul McKenna began his career by taking a job at a local retail store as a DJ. Seven years later he was working as a radio DJ with a promising career ahead of him.
It was the time that Paul McKenna was working as a DJ that he developed a fascination with hypnosis. After a guest on his radio show demonstrated how hypnosis could be used for relaxation Paul McKenna was hooked. Soon he was using it for his own personal development and found that he had a natural gift for it.
Soon Paul McKenna had progressed to using his newly acquired hypnotic skills to entertain in pubs and clubs. Having a natural aptitude for hypnosis Paul McKenna found himself with requests for hypnotherapy sessions on a one-on-one basis.
During this time Paul McKenna found employment with the biggest radio station in Britain by getting a spot on Radio One as his DJ skills were becoming more recognised. However, Paul McKenna wanted to pursue hypnosis and didn't stay long.
This was a wise choice for McKenna because in 1993 the British channel ITV aired his first hypnotic show which became so popular it was seen in 42 countries.
Paul McKenna was an instant hit as a stage hypnotist but never forgot the self improvement benefits of hypnosis. He created the McKenna Breen Ltd company with Michael Breen which produced seminars on nlp and hypnosis as well as a tape set. This was to be his first taste of product creation.
In 2006, after a British paper, Daily Mail, alleged that Paul McKenna had obtained a bogus PhD so he could defraud the public, he sued them and received substantial damages.
The Daily Mail was referring to a PhD Paul McKenna was awarded by LaSalle University which thousands of students thought was accredited but was not. All the students, Paul McKenna included, were awarded compensation by the US Government!
In addition to McKenna being an unknowing participant in the La Salle saga the daily Mirror did not point out that he had already attained another United Kingdom accredited doctorate in 2004 for the work carried out on "The Effects of Fixed Action Patterns and Neuro-Linguistic Programming in Determining Outcomes in Human Behaviour"!
World Record, New Time Aloft
Takuo Toda set a new récord for longest paper airplane flight at a competition in Hiroshima Prefecture in April of 2009. His record flight topped Blackburn's by 0.3 seconds, now the world récord is 27.9 seconds. He folded his plane, measuring approximately 10cm in length, from a single sheet of paper. The previous record of 27.6 seconds was achieved by Ken Blackburn in the USA. Ken is one of the superstars of the paper aircraft world today and keeps all of us, all over the World, working hard to match his skills. He is also very much a gentleman and has been surpassed once by Chris Edge and Andy Currey from England, only to smash the 20.9 seconds set by Chris and Andy with a world topping 27.6 seconds. This time is going to take some beating. The very best of luck to all who try.
World Record, Old UK Time Aloft
The longest UK (ex-World Record) duration of a flight by a paper aircraft, indoors, is 20.9 seconds. This was achieved by Chris Edge of British Aerospace Defense LTD, and Andy Currey from the Defense Evaluation Research Agency. By an amazing coincidence they both recorded exactly the same time and on consecutive throws. “The Guinness Book of Records” allowed two World Record holders, because this record is about the times set at the same event, so it's similar to setting identical pole position times in formula one. This record was established on July 28, 1996 at Cardington Airship Hangars in Bedfordshire, England.
Here are the rules for setting a Guinness world record for paper airplane time aloft: 1. The flight must take place indoors. 2. The plane must be made from a single sheet of paper that is no larger than 9.84 by 13.90 inches (250 x 353 mm) and weighs no more than 5 ounces (150 grams). Typing or copier paper works great. 3. It is OK to use some tape or glue. 4. The plane must be thrown from level ground. The stopwatch must start when you release the plane, and end when the plane touches anything (the floor, a wall, a chair…). 5. You are allowed six attempts. 6. You must submit the following to file a record claim: • Signed statements from two witnesses saying that they saw you set the record. • A newspaper clipping about the event. • Color photographs and a continuous video tape of the flight (you must have both). NOTE: it is not required that a Guinness representative be present.
World Record – Distance
The longest distance flown by a paper aircraft launched indoors, from the ground, is 193 feet (58.82m) This was achieved by Tony Fletch of Wisconsin, USA at the La Crosse Centre on May 21, 1985 and is a world record. The distance flown is almost equal to the length of a Jumbo Jet, and much further than the first flight by one of the Wright brothers.
NASA – Helps Pupils
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in the Langley Research Centre Hangar used ex-astronauts and engineers to help pupils from various schools in Hampton, Virginia, USA to develop, build and fly a record breaking large paper aircraft, with a wing span of 30ft 6in (9.15m) on March 25, 1992. If you think that's large see the current World Record for the Largest wingspan.
World Record – Largest Wingspan
The paper aircraft with the largest wingspan, 40ft 10in (1.97m), was made by a team of students from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. It was flown indoors on May 16, 1995. Launched indoors by one person, it flew a distance of 114ft 2in (34.80m) from a 10ft (3m) high platform. In order to comply with the rules, it only had to fly more than 50ft (15.24m) from the edge of the launch platform. This aircraft would have covered a greater distance, but for a wall which stopped it in mid flight, causing extensive damage to the nose section, and still smashing the world record in the process.
Most Expensive – One of NASA's
One of the most expensive and lightest paper aircraft ever flown, was the paper aircraft thrown inside one of NASA's space shuttles, during a routine space flight. The fuel alone used to carry it into space makes that paper aircraft one of the most expensive. It was the lightest because of the lack of gravity in space.
Amazing Fact: Fly on Forever
In space where there is no atmosphere, if a paper aircraft were thrown it would not fly at all; it would float away in a straight line. With no gravity to pull it down, it would possibly fly on forever until it hit an object.
Paper Aircraft – Fly Up not Down
Paper aircraft that are trimmed to fly on earth will, when thrown inside a spacecraft, fly up and not down, as would normally be expected. This is because there is no gravity in the spacecraft, but there is lift created by the wings, as they fly in the atmosphere inside the spacecraft.
The Smallest Paper Airplane
The smallest origami paper model of a Crane Bird was folded under a microscope using tweezers by a Mr Naito from Japan and was made from a piece of paper 2.9 mm square. It is displayed on top of a sewing needle. Now that's small – what a pity it didn't fly! If Mr Naito were to make small paper aircraft, how would he see them fly?