Thank-you for getting in touch. I feel we should begin with our question, is it a suitable one? Will it help you with your fear or should we be looking to different sources?
I believe this is the case, instead of asking why let us focus on the what. What can we do to confront this?
- First i want you to consider what is it that scares you; Would a picture of an escalator scare you? Would standing near an escalator scare you? How about the prospect of needing to use it? Or actually being on the escalator? Using these examples i would like you to place each of them in order of how frightening you would find that scenario.
- Then starting with the least frightening I would like you to thoroughly familiarize yourself with your choice, the concept and feeling of it just the look of it all. Be sure to take your time so that you don’t overwhelm yourself but the aim is to gradually feel comfortable with the least scary part of your fear.
- Then (and only when you feel completely certain that you’ve mastered the first step) you move up to the next scariest scenario following the same process. Familiarize yourself slowly, remembering that you have already alleviated part of your phobia.
- Continue this at whatever speed suits you (just remember it’s recommended that you take your time) keep following the steps and eventually it is likely you will succeed in defeating your fears
It is probable your fear started at childhood, guardians often share fake horror stories to ensure good behaviour and by extension the safety of their child. If these stories were never disproved then the fear associated with escalators would remain long after you had forgotten the bogus stories that sparked the fear. I hope this is of help to you let me know off your progress -Doctor Crane