It is said that the brain remains the least understood organ in the human body. There are several areas in the human brain whose functions we don’t know and have yet to discover. However, despite the odds, psychologists have come up with various techniques and therapies that help relieve a person’s mental and emotional stress or phobias. The rewind technique is one such therapy to eliminate post-traumatic stress or phobias based on a therapy called neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
As the name suggests, this technique makes a person step back and look at the incident that was traumatic or turned into a phobia and affected their life throughout. The technique is not yet common, but it is being used by psychologists.
While reliving the incident, the patient visualizes or sees the incident again and from a different perspective. It is like asking the patient to watch the video of the incident. Except it would be her mind that would generate the video and it would be her mind’s eye that would see the video.
What helps the patient is the feeling that he does not have to use words to tell the psychologist that embarrassing or traumatic incidents over and over again. Second, the patient can actually let go of the anxiety he feels at the time her phobia is triggered.
A patient may view the incident as strange and by rewinding it and watching it many times, they may put that phobia aside altogether. Whether it is phobia or fear of heights, water, animals, the dark, etc. This therapy can be used for any type of trauma and phobia.
A good psychologist for the rewind technique would be one who has practically treated patients through it. Also, a good psychologist could cure the patient of the phobia in one or two sessions or at least lessen it to the point where it does not interfere with the patient’s daily life.