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Aqua-phobia, or Fear of the Water

What is Aqua-phobia? Why are Some People Afraid of Swimming?


Updated June 23, 2014
A fear of water. A non resourceful state, negative feeling, an unwanted reaction, a pattern of behaviour experienced by an individual, which prevents the swimmer from learning a water skill or freely entering a mass-volume water environment such as a swimming pool, sea, lake, ocean, or river.

Water Phobia Origins:

Fear of water can be acquired as a result of any of the following direct or indirect learning experiences, as well as through the medium of subconscious learning process.

  • Direct Learning Experience - A kinesthetic origin and personally experienced through once body, doing it, feeling it, physically experiencing it.
  • Indirect Learning Experiences - Visual modality origin, through witnessing an incident, seeing a film (Titanic, Crocs and Sharks Piranhas Wild Life Documentaries!), dreams...
  • Auditory Modality Origin - through reading, talking about it, hearing (The film music-Jaws,) story telling.
  • Subconscious Learning - Learning to fear water environment has manifested itself subconsciously through negative early childhood experiences, our dreams, secondary gains, positive intentions (protective) - the needs of the part responsible for our negative feelings and behaviour in the presence of larger mass-volume of water (pools, lakes, seas, oceans).

Effective Treatment and Interventions:

Fear of water can be of mild intensity (lacking confidence),or it could manifest itself as a crippling and very intense negative state and condition (Chronic Water Phobia). After establishing the possible origins of a person's aqua-phobia, and modelling and constructing the structure - components - of their fearful behaviour (the internal representation), a trained Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner can facilitate for the aqua phobia to be permanently dissolved quickly.

Through the Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP: Brain and Mind Technologies Study), behavior change facilitating techniques such as Sub Modality Change, Swish Pattern, Fast Phobia Cure, Hypnotherapy and Time Line Therapy, are the most successfully and effectively employed techniques (Ref: The Magic in Action; NLP Change Technologies; Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Milton H Erickson M.D, Robert Dilts - USA).

Pacing: Acknowledging that the expressed fear is true, and that it is our mind-body's natural defensive mechanism, whose positive intentions are to protect ourselves against; experiencing and reliving again the unwanted past negative events (phobia experience) which created the fear of water - aqua phobia condition.

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