As far as elevators go they are best avoided by people who suffer from extreme claustrophobia. After all, if your worst nightmare is being locked inside a cubed box without any means of escape until the doors open, you’re best taking the stairs. Or are you? Recent studies have shown that this inconvenient yet extremely real phobia can be combatted with several psychological methods. Here is our view on the matter…
In psychology you can look at a condition from many different viewpoints, such as behaviour. In this type the human race is viewed as a machine with inputs and outputs. What this means is that connections from the real world are established and learned so that we know how to react in the future. You may have heard of Pavlov Dog where conditioning was used to make the dogs salivate to the sound of a bell since they associated it with food. This simply suggests that a phobia is the result of a bad association to something and in order to combat it you should try re-associating yourself.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
This psychological viewpoint is thought to be one of the most used therapies around. From dealing with trauma to OCD, cognitive behavioural therapy can assist with a range of different problems, including phobias. It works by building on the principles of behavioural therapy and analysing how our thought, habits and patterns can affect our psychology. For example, a phobia of elevators can be down to our negative thoughts making us fear the worst outcome. Psychologists advise cognitive restructuring which is the act of replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
Here at Elevators Ltd we want to be able to cater to a range of different clientele however it is shocking how many people are afraid of lifts. Of course, phobias are a very real and sometimes serious condition and with the correct help you can ride an elevator with no trouble! To find out more information, contact the best lift company around and speak to a member team today!