Cibophobia – fear of foods



A phobia of foods or Cibophobia the condition where someone will have a very limited diet sometimes a dozen or so things, and sometimes less. Not only is this extremely restrictive but also clearly not healthy and potentially dangerous maybe life threatening. Now people with this phobia towards foods do get by and there body does somehow manage to survive however there are other implications to this such as eating with others, going to new places and holidays – it can also be embarrassing to refuse what someone has pre-paired for you.

Hypnotherapy can help with this by finding the root cause of the condition, Cibophobia and the looking at that differently, very often the root cause will an event when the person was very young connected the trying a new food at a time when they were ill either because of that food or maybe they were ill at the time. Sometimes a food may have been forced on to a person. Whatever the reason a message would then have been recorded with the mind and something like “it’s best to avoid new things”.

This original cause has then been remembered and reinforced within the unconscious mind to the extent that the body reacts in a fight or flight response causing negative thoughts, sensations, panic, fear, recoil and other body/brain/mind reactions. When addressed at the root I can help you using hypnotherapy to re-program this so that you can think and feel differently from then onwards about the prospect of trying a new food or diet.

After this it will come down to a certain amount of bravery on your part, I would also suggest that you will need to start small and build up. I certainly wouldn’t expect you to go to the most exotic restaurant in your area and order the hottest or outrageous thing on the menu. However you will need to be brave and somewhat sensible maybe trying small amounts of simpler foods first and then building up the amounts and types and flavours of foods.

Also be aware that it sometimes takes many tries of certain foods until you really and fully appreciate certain foods. And there will be some foods you genuinely will not like at all. However also try to look at this as an adventure because not only will new foods open up to you – new experiences will be there, with new cultures and maybe even going to new places for holidays.

Cibophobia and Neophobia

There can sometimes be a link with Cibophobia and Neophobia (sometimes Neophobia is referred to as simply the fear of new foods). Neophobia is also called the fear of new information and there can be a link between the phobic response of new foods and new information – however both of these can be helped with hypnotherapy, NLP and coaching. 

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What is a phobia?

A phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of, and a desire to avoid, certain object/s, animals, events or situations. It is considered by mainstream psychology that the only 2 fears that we are all born with are of sudden loud noises and of height, any fear of heights is actually a fear of falling.

Other people consider that you are not born with a phobia – and that it’s a learned response. A learned response which has by situations in the past, of which almost always have a root cause, which you then react to when confronted by the phobic stimulus. With phobias even the anticipation, of thoughts or by thinking of the situation will often be enough to provoke the reaction. The person will then experience feelings, reaction and responses of anxiety, fear, panic and panic attacks.

Using hypnotherapy, NLP, positive psychology and EFT Matthew can re-programme your thoughts, change your associations and replace them with new, more appropriate feelings, reaction, behaviours, emotions and thoughts.

Cibophobia as described by Healthline – HERE

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