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Driving Test Anxiety

Posted: Saturday, July 17, 2010

Over the last ten years I've helped many people get over their anxieties and fears associated with driving. These feelings are very common and some of them are to do with the driving test itself. A few days ago I had a call from someone who we shall call Haley - because I always promise to change names in testimonials for confidentiality - who told me that she had a driving test coming up and really needed a hypnotherapy session before that test, because it was her fourth attempt to pass her driving test and she had been very anxious indeed during both the second and third attempts.

This was partly because of an idiotic suggestion from her very first driving examiner. After he announced that she hadn't passed and explained why, he then came out with this: "Yes, and it will only get harder and harder for you to pass now, because it gets harder every time."

Unfortunately, because you tend to feel quite vulnerable and emotional when you've just been told you haven't passed your driving test, a suggestion like that from someone that you can only assume knows more about it than you do - because that's their job - can have rather more impact than it normally would. If someone just dropped that statement in to an ordinary conversation, you would just think: "What? How can it get harder? Surely you get progressively better because you gain driving test experience!" Which is true, normally - but not if your STUPID examiner just kicked off an anxiety reaction in the Subconscious mind!

So we did a single session of hypnotherapy, during which Haley spent a bit of time relaxing whilst I reassured her Subconscious mind that actually the guy was an idiot for saying that, and the only thing that made it difficult for her to pass the next two attempts was the huge anxiety reaction generated by the Subconscious, which probably wouldn't have happened at all if only the driving examiner had been blasted out of the car on an ejector seat just a second before he opened his mouth.

Short pause whilst we all enjoy that mental image.

Anyway, Haley later sent me the following text:

"Hi Chris, I came to see you yesterday about my anxiety re driving test. Just wanted to say - I passed! Thank you so much. x"

So I thought I'd ask if it was okay to share this news with my website readers, and Haley said:

"Of course you can! Thank you, would not have done it without you. Told my instructor about you, and she has a few more like me, so she's thinking of sending them your way."

The more the merrier. Like I say, it's a common thing, as are phobias generally and all kinds of anxieties about driving, flying and various other aspects of travel.  So if you have a problem like that, just give me a call any time. I'll get rid of it for you! Don't be nervous about hypnotherapy either if you're new to it, because it's a doddle.  Read around the site for more info or just call and ask. I'll be happy to help!

0161-474-8120 or call/text me directly on 07748 838 644 any day, any time.

Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes BA(Hons) HPD DipCAH is a Senior Registered Hypnotherapy Practitioner (General Hypnotherapy Register) and has been providing effective and confidential hypnosis and hypnotherapy services at Central Hypnotherapy for Stockport, Manchester, Tameside and Cheshire since August 2000.

Categories for this article

  • Phobias
  • Panic Attacks & Anxiety
  • Achieve Excellence