How to Overcome a Fear of Rats


How to Overcome a Fear of Rats. You're terrified of rats but desperately need to overcome this fear either because you'll be traveling in rat-infested areas, your child wants a pet rat or you're simply sick of being scared of rats. Overcoming fears isn't easy, but there are many techniques available.

Try hypnosis. You can see a hypnotherapist or simply purchase a CD or listen to a podcast. Some fear-reducing CDs are for ridding people of general fears, while others are more specific to help you overcome your fear of rats.

Think about why you have a fear of rats. If you're scared of rats due to a movie, perhaps learning more about rats or seeing rats in a pet store may make you feel better. If your fear is because one bit you as a child or ran across your feet, it may be harder to get rid of the fear.

Consider evaluating the fear. Ask yourself if the danger of the rats is real or perceived. If you're dealing with a giant rat staring you down in an alley, the danger may be real. If you're dealing with a rat on a TV show, you perceive the fear.

Remind yourself that rats really can't hurt you. While they can carry disease, most people survive a rat bite, and a simple bite is the worst a rat can do to you.

Learn more about rats. Many people keep rats as pets and love them dearly. Try to find out what makes them so loved by so many.

See a therapist or a counselor for anti-anxiety tips and treatments.

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