Overcome Fear with EMDR Self-Coaching with the REMSTIM 3000 EMDR Glasses
How we can overcome fears with self-coaching with EMDR and the REMSTIM 3000 EMDR glasses.
Responses to fear sometimes occur as faint sensations, but more often fear provokes a variety of symptoms that can almost take our breath away. If we are haunted by our fears, then it feels as if our fear is rooted deep within us – as if it has always been a part of us.
Nevertheless, in most cases, our fear is something we have learned. The causes may lie so far back in our past, that we are hardly able to remember them. The good thing is: What we have once learned, we can unlearn.
The objects, things and situations that we are afraid of are as numerous as they are different.
Fears appear in many forms. For example, as
- Fear of heights
- Fear of spiders
- Fear of snakes
- Fear of confined spaces
- Fear of examinations
- Fear of flying
- Fear of dentists
- Fear of a big performance, or even panic caused by blushing
- and many other forms
One thing that plays a major role in “learning” fears is the amygdala. Part of our limbic system and the center of fear, the area of the brain known as the amygdala collects and controls our behavioral expression of fear. What exactly and how much we are afraid of something is determined by our amygdala, which creates and controls our emotional experiences, especially with regards to our fears, by means of somatic markers.
How exactly do we learn a specific fear?
According to the two-factor theory of American psychologist Orval Hobart Mowrer from 1947 we learn fears in two stages (read more). It took about another 60 years until Antonio Damasio‘s postulated theory of somatic markers functionally supplemented and refined this previous model with results from modern brain research.
If we, for example, experience a situation that overwhelms us and perceive at that moment strongly debilitating and unpleasant sensations (pain, shame, guilt, disgust etc.), the experience and associated physical response is stored in our physical memory – in this case- as a fear stimulus.
The emotional and physical response experienced at the same time plays a very important role. Somatic markers cause the event even years later to be recalled in similar situations with almost the same level of emotional and consequently physical intensity. We then experience fear.
EMDR allows us make up for the missed REM phase and unlearn our fear
Originally developed as therapy for processing trauma, EMDR nowadays has applications in coaching for numerous everyday situations. Especially EMDR self-coaching puts the user in a position to quickly respond to emotional and mental stress.
Thanks to the REMSTIM 3000 EMDR glasses and the instructions for EMDR self-coaching, fears can in many cases be unlearned. In general, the response to fear is greatly reduced. Unpleasant and stressful feelings of fear are transformed into a bearable sense of conscious awareness when similar situations are experienced in the future (For more information refer to the Stimulating Effects of EMDR). For the first time, cognitive skills come to the fore that allow us to reevaluate situations once occupied with anxiety and develop useful strategies and solutions.
While we are still dominated by previous behavioral expressions of fear, we try to avoid fearful situations. EMDR self coaching usually helps us to regain the ability to determine our own course of action.
In the future, our memory for emotional experiences will recall and respond in a new functional manner thanks to the cerebral reintegration with EMDR of formerly anxiety-provoking experiences. The somatic markers no longer transmit “sheer fear and panic” but rather send out a message with tolerable content that we can receive in a more relaxed manner and allow us to be aware of our actions.
A sign that we have unlearned our fear.