Jordan Peterson's Advice on Agoraphobia

Jordan Peterson's Advice on Agoraphobia

well that's a that's a rough thing to have Agra phobia so Agra phobics get increasingly isolated and afraid of things outside of their domain of familiarity and often what happens with Agra phobia is that people who develop it or afraid of two things they're afraid that something is going to go dreadfully wrong with their health especially with regards to their heart so they start to become afraid that maybe they'll have a heart attack and that they'll die in public far from a hospital and that they'll make a fool of themselves while they're doing it or well that well they think they're done and so it's a combination of two fears and one is fear of mortality and the other is fear of social judgment and you might think about those as the two main categories of fear that possess people because one is associated well obviously with mortality and death and the other is associated with exclusion from the group which course can lead to mortality and death and so the Agra phobics get the worst of both worlds and it's often a disease of middle aged women but not always and they're often people who've been somewhat dependent in their previous lives and then undergo some traumatic event like a divorce or the death of someone close and and at the same time are perhaps experiencing heart palpitations that are associated with menopause that brings ideas of mortality to mind and that can trigger a panic attack which is very what would you call it unpleasant experience to say the least and then that fear of panic attacks starts making people avoid and that's when Agra phobia develops out of anxiety disorders with panic attacks so you go out and maybe you go to a mall and maybe you're in a crowd and maybe you start thinking about well your heartbeat and about the fact that someone close to you has died and maybe then you become aware of your heartbeat and you start to panic because you feel that maybe it's the beat is irregular or or that or that you can't detect it as well as you usually can and then that makes your heart accelerate because it makes you afraid and then you get more more what would you call sensitive to that and that makes your heart rate beat even faster and then you pass you want to get to the hospital to get checked out to make sure that you're all right and then you make your fatal mistake which is that you avoid going back to the mall and then you go to a grocery store and the same thing happens and then you start to avoid going to the grocery store then you start avoid avoiding the subway or taxis or crowds or anywhere you might get trapped and wouldn't be able to get to a hospital soon you end up avoiding everything and that's when your life really starts to become a living hell so the basic way to treat a agoraphobia there's two ways and one is to develop some control over breathing to do progressive relaxation and the way you do that is that you start with your you start by concentrating on your toes and your feet and then your ankles and then your shins and your knees you move all the way up your body and let the tension flow out of your muscles and regulate your breathing calmly and carefully so that you can learn to relax and then you go out you go out voluntarily and start to confront the things you're afraid of so for example if you're afraid of the mall maybe you go to the parking lot and you look at the mall and then you walk close to the door and you look inside you know and then you go home because that's enough for one day but you do progressive exposure and that's the base one of the basic rules of psychotherapy is that if you're afraid of something you progressively and voluntarily expose yourself to it and now generally it's the voluntary exposure that's curative right accidental exposure can make you worse but voluntary exposure it can be curative and that's sort of associated with the myth of the hero and the dragon you know the hero is the person who goes out voluntarily to confront the dragon and overcome it and get the treasure so if you voluntarily expose yourself to things you're afraid of like no more than you can tolerate then you'll find that you get braver and you learn that you can tolerate the fear and that can chase the egg or phobia back but it's very important to do it on a regular basis and if you have Agra phobia a full-fledged egg reform you should probably consult professional help because it's a very tricky condition and it can be very can really impair you badly so that's what I would recommend

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  1. I'm a longtime agoraphobic, but these tips, wandering around outside the mall staring inside, on first thought would fear me even more, like will the people be thinking about this "weird" man wandering there and staring inside. It's an endless cycle. Once I make it to do groceries it all feels just a little less terrible than I presumed it to be, the problem is that it's never getting any better, always the same courage to build to just go out and do it and always getting back home covered in sweat and heart racing, practice just isn't making anything better over time with me.

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