Here at Elevators Ltd, we meet people who suffer from an elevator related phobia on a regular basis. In fact, it is actually one of the most common phobias in the world! Since modern society relies so heavily on the elevator, we have decided to make it our mission to help our readers treat their phobia once and for all. After all, experts suggest that it is possible to reverse a severe phobia with the right help. Read on to find out more…
A phobia is defined as an ‘irrational fear of something that is otherwise harmless’. One of the most effective ways to treat the condition is through exposure; this involves forcing yourself to come into contact with the thing you fear at a very slow pace so you can begin to understand how irrational your fear actually is. Interestingly, this method has proven successful for people who suffer from extreme arachnophobia: the fear of spiders.
Remember the Science
The majority of people with an elevator related phobia are not actually afraid of the cab itself, they are subconsciously afraid of falling. Thankfully, the science behind elevator technology, which was developed in the late 19th century by a man called Elisha Graves Otis, prevents elevators from free-falling. In fact, they are installed with a safety break mechanism which would stop the cab if there was ever a dangerous fault that caused free-falling to occur. Plus, every elevator cab is fitted with 8-12 strong steel cables, which are actually strong enough to hold the weight of the cab and its passengers individually, once again showing how safe an elevator is.
For many people, tackling a phobia can be difficult and it may be wise to consult a professional therapist. In fact, if your phobia stops you from carrying out day to day activities then it is defined as an extreme anxiety related disorder and can be treated with something known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
The phobia of elevators is said to derive from two anxiety disorders known as claustrophobia: the fear of enclosed spaces and cleithrophobia: the fear of being trapped without a way out. Thankfully, the days of avoiding the elevator could soon be behind you once the root cause is treated by a professional. To find out more information about elevator related phobias, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!