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How To Combat Your Fear Of Elevators

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 27 people are killed in elevator accidents each year. As with most fears, however, the fear of elevators frequently has less to do with actual risks and more to do with past trauma, a learned response, or an underlying fear such as claustrophobia. Even so, it helps to know that elevators are maintained on a regular schedule. If you want, you can see the last time your particular elevator was inspected by examining the certificate inside the frame on the interior wall of the elevator.

You may have tried for years to overcome your fear of elevators. But without knowing what to do to combat your fear, your efforts were probably futile. There are some methods that have proven effective for getting rid of a fear of elevators. Here are three that you can try.

1. Disassociation

Try imagining a different experience happening inside the elevator. You want to disassociate the fearful images from the elevator and replace them with positive images. For example, think about reuniting with a loved one inside an elevator. Or imagine that you are being thrown a birthday party inside an elevator and all your friends are giving you expensive gifts. These new images may be able to take the place of the old negative images.

2. Determine your real fear

Try to get to the bottom of your fears. Freud put forth a theory that we bury our true fears until they come out in seemingly unrelated ways. According to this ideology, your fear of elevators may really be a fear of not rising up in your chosen career path, or of being pigeonholed into choosing a traditional lifestyle. To determine your real fear, forget about the elevator for a moment and think about what you are really afraid of in general. You might find that the elevator is just a symbol of your fear.

3. Reprogram your brain

In a method called cognitive therapy, patients are encouraged to change the dialogue they use to communicate with themselves. So instead of saying, "I think there's something wrong with this elevator," say, "I am strong. The elevator is strong. I trust the elevator."  This kind of dialogue reprograms your brain from negative to positive.

You may need to work with a therapist in order to fully rid yourself of the fear of elevators. But in the meantime, you can get started on your path by practicing one or more of the established methods outlined above.

For more information on elevator maintenance, contact a company like Capital Elevator Services Inc.


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