I have a phobia of closed spaces, I don't want to go in the lift...
Would you rather take the stairs?
That would be much better!
Have you considered trying to control your phobia?
I would like to, but I'm not sure how..
John has Claustrophobia, one of the most common phobias. Other common phobias include Acrophobia (fear of heights) and Trypanophobia (fear of needles).
Maybe you should slowly expose yourself to your phobia, and get used to dealing with it.
Sounds like a good idea, but a bit scary!
Taking the stairs instead of the lift is a way to dodge the situation which John wants to avoid. This is a short-term way of dealing with the phobia. Avoiding the phobia is what many people do when they are confronted by one.
Thank you, for understanding my phobia
No problem! Now, lets go grab dinner...
Johns friend is suggesting for John to consider long-term ways of dealing with his phobia. That way, in the future he may be able to complete tasks without being affected by his phobia.
The friend is suggesting a form of exposure therapy, a research proven method of dealing with phobias and PTS. It is generally considered the best way of controlling phobias.