All About Xenophobia, the Fear of Foreigners, and How to Overcome it with Psychological Therapy & Counselling
What is Xenophobia?
It is difficult to separate out a genuine fear of foreigners from what we now think of as racial bias or racism which is based on social influences.
There may be a number of reasons why you developed Xenophobia, for example:
- You may have grown-up in an environment in which racist views were taken as normal.
- You might have been influenced my media stories about how your life has been made worse by immigartion into the country.
Although phobias are often described as ‘disorders’, there is no valid scientific evidence that Xenophobia is the result of any kind of biological fault or chemical imbalance as proposed in the biomedical models of mental illness.
On the contrary, Xenophobia is much more likely to be the result of your own, subjective evaluation (what you think your experiences mean) of what happened to you and is therefore better described as a psychosocial symptom.
Xenophobia Symptoms & Behaviours
All phobias, including Xenophobia, create feelings of anxiety because phobic objects or situations are always perceived as a threat.
Consequently, the symptoms of Xenophobia are both specific and generic and may include:
- Avoiding socialising with ‘foreigners’.
- Holding ‘foreigners’ responsible for the quality of your own life.
- An elevated heart rate.
- A sense of dread about what might happen.
- Worrying that you might pass out.
- Feeling dizzy or disoriented.
- Having heart palpitations.
- Having a dry or sticky mouth.
- Hot sweats.
- Feeling Stressed.
- Difficulty breathing easily.
- Feelings of panic.
Moreover, you may have all, some or even different symptoms to these listed here and this is due to the subjective nature of Xenophobia.
Furthermore, you should also be aware that many of these somatic symptoms (symptoms felt in the body) listed above WILL subside over time and rarely last for more than 20 to 30 minutes.
What Causes Xenophobia?
it is likely that your Xenophobia is the result of either traumatic experiences or adverse situations that you experienced at some point in your life.
You may, for example, have experienced poor behaviour by others when you visited a foreign country (you were the foreigner) and continue to hold a negative view as a result.
What’s more, because the Fear of Foreigners has never been linked to any biological factors, the most likely explanation for your Xenophobia is the way that you understood and made sense of your earlier experiences.
Counselling and Therapy for Xenophobia
We can offer you a number of different types of therapy and counselling for your Xenophobia the Fear of Foreigners.
Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:
- How long you have had your phobia.
- Your personal preferences.
- How your phobia is affecting you today.
You can read more about the different types of therapy for Xenophobia on the following links:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Xenophobia
- Counselling for Xenophobia
- Pluralistic Therapy for the Fear of Foreigners
Although all forms of psychotherapy use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.
Furthermore, research also suggests that the therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.
Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular phobia and the different types of mental health counselling we offer without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.
The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.
Applied Psychology Solutions
If you’d like to learn how to overcome Xenophobia but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences with the CORE Programme.
If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.
Not Ready to Commit to Therapy Quite Yet?
Then why not see if you can solve your fear of foreigners using our comprehensive, Online Self-Help CBT course.
Written especially for people who prefer not to engage with a therapist before doing everything they can to overcome their problems.
Mirroring our in-house course of CBT, it contains everything that you need to know to tackle mental health challenges for only £149.
We offer counselling for xenophobia problems for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.