Erythrophobia, Fear Of Blushing and HypnotherapyHypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ in Berlin
Fear Of Blushing
Blushing is the reddening of the face, ears, neck and often the upper part of the chest, followed by a feeling of heat and tingling. It is an unconscious, physical reaction that is caused by certain situations and is a perfectly normal bodily reaction.
Blushing is part of the fight or flight response, an involuntary reaction triggered by the sympathetic nervous system. When we are anxious or embarrassed, our bodies are flooded with epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, which causes us to experience very real physiological symptoms.
In addition to increasing the heart rate, suppressing the digestive system and inhibiting pain, epinephrine may also act as a vasodilator on certain blood vessels. It causes blood vessels to widen, improving the flow of blood and oxygen throughout particular regions of the body.
As these blood vessels in the face grow wider, the increased circulation causes the cheeks to redden.
Even though some people believe blushing is naturally attractive as individuals are likely to show their true emotions, for many people blushing can cause discomfort and distress as they worry about when and where they may blush.
The embarrassment of blushing can become so severe for those who are extremely anxious in social situations that the sufferer avoids social contact (social anxiety). This leads to a vicious cycle in which the blushing is likely to become worse and worse.
Most people who blush try to hide it and worry in advance about how they are going to deal with a certain situation. However, this often makes it worse. Some people suffering from blushing have been able to break this vicious cycle by simply not trying to hide it and announcing when they are about to blush to others. The more they accept that part of them, the more likely it won’t happen. Distraction exercises and deep breathing can also be ways to help manage the blushing.
The intense fear of blushing is called erythrophobia.
Symptoms Of Excessive Blushing
Symptoms accompanying excessive blushing can include:
- Prolonged anticipation of facial flushes
- A fear of blushing
- Feelings of shame and anxiety
- Social isolation / avoidance
- Frustration with yourself
- Constant thinking about blushing
- Lowered confidence
- Feelings of humiliation and embarrassment
- Feeling self-conscious or shy
- Digestive disturbances
Psychotherapy with Hypnoblancing
Hypnotherapy can help control blushing by accessing an individual’s unconscious mind to discover the root cause of the problem and help the individual to learn how to deal with it in a calmer, more relaxed way. By reframing the negative thought processes, an individual can often feel more comfortable in situations that would usually cause them to blush. Hypnotherapy can also help to increase self-confidence and self-esteem and reduce sensitivity to situations that trigger blushing.
Self-hypnosis has helped many patients with stress. Many sufferers usually report very quickly a noticeable improvement. Pondering, fears, mental and physical tension can be additionally reduced by self-hypnosis. Therefore, I teach my patients self-hypnosis to supplement the hypnosis sessions.
After positive trance experiences have been made with my support, self-hypnosis can be learned very quickly. This helps them to progress self-determined outside the therapy. It accelerates the process, deepens and consolidates the achievements. This also promotes the independence of the clients. A good therapist will be superfluous as soon as possible. Self-hypnosis is an excellent self-help method that can be used beyond the actual topic.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few anders to questions clients asked:
What is the difference between Blushing, Flushing, and Rosacea?
A common question is: What is the difference between blushing, flushing, and rosacea?
1. Facial Blushing
Facial Blushing is a sudden reddening of the face, neck and occasionally, upper chest. People refer Facial Blushing as a sudden redness appearing after a high level of anxiety.
Flushing is referred as a longer lasting redness of the face, neck and occasionally, upper chest caused by alcohol, migraine headaches, fever, sudden temperature changes, cramps, anxiety and more.
Rosacea is a disease affecting the skin of the face. Researchers now believe that there is some link between rosacea and how often (and how strongly) people flush or blush.