Fear of Loud Noises
I have often heard it said that there are two natural fears and all other fears are “learned behaviours” The two natural fears are “fear of falling” and “fear of sudden loud noises” The key here is the word “sudden” When I see clients for ‘fear of loud noises” this usually more about the anxiety that comes from the anticipation of a loud noise occurring, that the response to any actual sounds that might occur. Often clients will begin to feel anxious about what might happen by either picturing a future problem occurring or thinking to themselves about what might happen.
The types of situation that create this anticipatory anxiety are fireworks displays and changes in the weather that could result in thunderstorms. In the second example I have had clients that become fixated on watching the weather broadcasts on TV, waiting to see if there may be thunderstorms. This often produces a feeling of helplessness which increases the anxiety. Other triggers can be seeing balloons and imagining the sound of them bursting. The possibilities are literally endless once a person finds themselves in this spiral of anticipation. No amount of analysis usually makes any difference with this issue. Instead the key is to change the way in which a person thinks which then changes the feeling and overall behaviour.
During client sessions we explore how to begin to thinking differently about these previously problematic situations which them allows for the possibility of feeling more appropriately relaxed in these scenarios. I see clients in my Leeds and Manchester clinics as well as by Skype. The Provocative Change Works set of tools is highly effective in changing the patterns of thinking and this can usually occur in a very short period of time.