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Cure Your Phobias and Fears - Fear of Flying

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Fear of flying is a fear of being on a plane while in flight. It is also sometimes referred to as aerophobia, aviatophobia, aviophobia or pteromechanophobia.

Fear of flying may be a distinct phobia in itself, or it may be an indirect manifestation of one or more other phobias, such as claustrophobia (a fear of enclosed spaces) or acrophobia (a fear of heights). It may have other causes as well. It is a symptom rather than a disease, and different causes may bring it about in different individuals. The lack of generality can mean this phobia requires an experienced therapist to track down the real cause and eliminate it, which can require more than just the straightforward skills possessed by a hypnotherapist or a counsellor.
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Fear of flying receives more attention than most other phobias because air travel is often difficult for people to avoid—especially in professional contexts—and because the fear is widespread, affecting a significant minority of the population. A fear of flying may prevent a person from going on vacations or visiting family and friends, and it can cripple the career of a businessperson by preventing him or her from traveling on work-related business. Does this apply to you?

Despite worldwide commercial air travel being commonplace, it continues to cause a significant proportion of the public and some members of the aircrew to feel anxiety. When this anxiety reaches a level that significantly interferes with a person's ability to travel by air, it becomes a fear of flying.

Flying is safer than driving
Flying is generally considered to be one of the safest forms of public transportation currently available in the world. Several reports by the Department of Transport have demonstrated that air travel is more than 20 times safer than driving a car. So why is it that people who feel happy to drive are still afraid to fly? The fact is, the fear of flying is not about the risk. Otherwise, people would prefer to fly than drive, and that is clearly not the case.

I think partly, the answer lies in your proximity to the ground. If you have an accident in a car and find that you are not too injured or trapped, you may be able to step out of the car or vehicle, onto the road, and walk away. You may even, if you were driving, have been able to make some split second decision to take evasive action just prior to the accident, which could have meant reduced damage or injury. The point being, you were in control. In a plane, you pass that control over to somebody else. Somebody that you can't see and don't know. Hitting the ground from a great height means there is little to absorb the impact, like the tyres of a car tend to do. Despite the fact that flying is proven to be safer, when there is an accident, it is often very, very serious to the passengers.

What are the symptoms of a fear of flying?
A fear of flying is a level of anxiety so great that it prevents a person from travelling by air, or causes great distress to a person when he or she is compelled to travel by air. There are two main types of symptoms in people who experience fear of flying; physiological reactions and psychological symptoms. The most extreme manifestations can include things like, panic attacks, muscle tension or weakness, fainting or dizziness, tremors, heavy breathing or vomiting, heart palpitations and chest pain, intestinal or abdominal pain, prickly skin, sweating and dryness in the mouth. In addition, psychological symptoms can include, inability to think straight, memory impairment, poor judgement, a negative outlook and the plain old fear response. These can manifest at the mere sight or mention of an aircraft or air travel.

What causes a fear of flying?
The fear of flying may be created by various other phobias and fears:
  • a fear of closed in spaces (claustrophobia), such as that of an aircraft cabin
  • a fear of heights (acrophobia)
  • a feeling of not being in control
  • fear of having panic attacks in certain places, where escape would be difficult and/or embarrassing (agoraphobia)
  • fear of hijacking or terrorism
  • fear of turbulence
  • fear of flying over water or night flying
  • fear of crashing resulting in injury or death
A previous traumatizing experience with air travel or somehow connected to air travel can also trigger a fear of flying. For example, the experience of flying to a meeting only to be told that one has been fired might be traumatic enough to subsequently create an association between any air travel and bad or unpleasant events.

Fear of flying in children
Fear of flying in children is also on the increase. Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that they are growing up in a far different world than we, Cessna light aircraft -GNU- Copyright Free as adults, have been used to. The media is all around us and is mostly instant. When a plane has to ditch, or crashes, where we used to read about it in a newspaper, weeks or months after the event, during which time the tone of the event was calmer and graphic details known only to the local area or relatives of victims, nowadays someone is on scene with a video camera or mobile phone, filming the smoke, fire, screams and death, for display on national and international daytime TV.

I'm not saying that's wrong. I'm just pointing out, there are consequences to the modernday right we have to know everything the minute it happens, and even sometimes, before it happens, making it even easier for the media to whip up the terror of an incident, because it is good for ratings.

Another reason some children may develop an unrealistic fear of flying, comes from parents who divorce and move large distances, so that flying is how a child has to visit one parent or the other. Flights, even short ones, give the child time to think. Feelings of abandonment, helplessness and anxiety or feelings of loss can be misread by the mind and associated with the flight. This type of fear of flying isn't about flying at all, but has become hard wired into the mind by association.

Putting things in perspective
Some suggest (as do I) that the media are a major factor behind fear of flying, and claim that the media sensationalize airline crashes (and the high casualty rate per incident), in comparison to the perceived scant attention given the massive number of isolated automobile crashes. As the total number of flights in the world rises, the absolute number of crashes rises as well, even though the overall safety of air travel continues to improve. If only the crashes are reported by the media (with no reference to the number of flights that do not end in a crash), the overall (and incorrect) impression created may be that air travel is becoming increasingly dangerous, which is untrue.

Misunderstandings of the principles of aviation can fuel an unjustified fear of flying. For example, many people incorrectly believe that the engines of a jet airliner support it in the air, and from this false premise they also incorrectly reason that a failure of the engines will cause the aircraft to plummet to earth. In reality, all airliners can glide without engines, and the engines serve only to move the aircraft more quickly through the air and maintain its altitude over long distances. Once in flight and with sufficient momentum a plane is kept in the air by the wing shape, wing tilt and the Bernoulli Principle of unequal air pressure.

Treatment for fear of flying
In some cases, educating people with a fear of flying about the realities of aviation can considerably diminish their fears. Learning how aircraft fly, how airliners are flown in practice, and other aspects of aviation can assist people with a fear of flying in overcoming its irrational nature. Many people have overcome their fear of flying by learning to fly or skydive, and effectively removing their fear of the unknown. Some people with a fear of flying undertake education themselves; others attend courses (for people with the phobia or for people interested in aviation) to achieve the same result. Some airline and travel companies run courses to help people get over the fear of flying.
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Education plays a very important role in overcoming the fear of flying. Understanding what a certain sound is or that an encounter with turbulence will not destroy the aircraft is beneficial to easing the fear of the unknown. Nevertheless, when airborne and experiencing turbulence, the person can be terrified despite having every reason to know logically that the plane is not in danger. In such cases, therapy - in addition to education - is needed to gain relief.

Behavioral therapies for fear of flying such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Systematic Desensitization rest on the theory that phobia is due to an initial sensitizing event (ISE) that has created the feelings of fear. In other words, the initial sensitizing event was the first time that the person felt those intense feelings of fear. This is a good port of call in the initial investigations for cause, and in my experience it is often only a small event that triggers the fear. It just gets exagerated by the mind into a phobia, usually over time, until you've often forgotten the original trigger.

Hypnotherapy can be another good avenue to explore. This generally involves regression to the ISE, uncovering the event, the emotions around the event, and helping the client understand the source of their fear. It is sometimes the case that the ISE has nothing to do with flying at all.

When there is no history of panic attack, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy may be useful. But methods based on cognition are of limited value when there is a history of panic disorder. When the ability to regulate ones emotional state is dependent upon means to escape, fear of panic can be extreme when flying.

And this is the very reason why I use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), because it covers all of the above, without the limitations of the above. Often even intense fears can be alleviated through the use of tapping and imagery in just a few hours, without needing to give therapy "in vivo" - (on the plane itself).

The idea of EFT is that you learn the process yourself in therapy. It is a simple procedure and is quick to learn. Whenever you go on a flight subsequently, you will feel calmer and more at ease with the whole process of paying for your ticket, checking in, sitting in the airport lounge, queuing up to board and finding your seat. Then taking off, gaining altitude, leveling out, perhaps meeting a little turbulance, descending, landing and finally taxiing to the terminal. During therapy, we look at any area that you know causes you to feel fearful.

However, in addition, anywhere along that journey, if even the slightest degree of fear develops in you, because of something unexpected, you will have the tools to deal with it, and to stop it instantly. That's the beauty of EFT. You learn it once and then take it with you to use again and again, whenever you need to. You can even learn to do your EFT for ear pain or sinus pain if you have cabin pressure sensitivity.


My final message to you is this: I've seen how people's phobias can take over their lives. A flying phobia can cost you your job or your promotion. It can determine where you live and work, where you go on holiday, your chances of immigration, emigration, and those luxury weekend golf trips up to Donald Trumps new golf club in Scotland, out of the question, unless you drive all that way. If you have a flying phobia, don't wait for it to get worse. Get treatment NOW!. If you live in any of the towns and villages in the list below, you are well within a 2-40 minute drive of The Haven Healing Centre, and I'd be delighted to see you.

Please call Phil Chave on 01761 462722 to make your appointment or to talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs.

Don't wait. Make your appointment today. You'll be glad you did!

Best Wishes from Phil
P.S. If you or someone you know has a fear of flying, and it's destroying their lives, send them the link to this page, get them to pick up the phone and give me a call. Let's put an end to it RIGHT NOW! You can do EFT right alongside your current treatment, even over the phone, and it will do no harm, neither will your treatments interfere with one another.

List of Phobias: Acrophobia · Aerophobia · Agoraphobia · Agraphobia · Ailurophobia · Algophobia · Anthropophobia · Aphephobia · Apiphobia · Aquaphobia · Arachnophobia · Astraphobia · Autophobia · Aviatophobia · Aviophobia · Batrachophobia · Bathophobia · Biphobia · Brontophobia · Cainophobia · Cainotophobia · Cenophobia · Centophobia · Chemophobia · Chiroptophobia · Claustrophobia · Contreltophobia · Coulrophobia · Cynophobia · Dentophobia · Eisoptrophobia · Emetophobia · Entomophobia · Ephebiphobia · Equinophobia · Ergophobia · Erotophobia · Genophobia · Gephyrophobia · Gerascophobia · Gerontophobia · Glossophobia · Gymnophobia · Gynophobia · Hamaxophobia · Haphophobia · Hapnophobia · Haptephobia · Haptophobia · Heliophobia · Hemophobia · Heterophobia · Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia · Hoplophobia · Ichthyophobia · Insectophobia · Keraunophobia · Kymophobia · Lipophobia · Monophobia · Murophobia · Musophobia · Mysophobia · Necrophobia · Neophobia · Nomophobia · Nosophobia · Nyctophobia · Ochophobia · Odontophobia · Ophidiophobia · Ornithophobia · Osmophobia · Panphobia · Paraskavedekatriaphobia · Pediaphobia · Pediophobia · Pedophobia · Phagophobia · Phasmophobia · Phonophobia · Photophobia · Psychophobia · Pteromechanophobia · Radiophobia · Ranidaphobia · Somniphobia · Spectrophobia · Suriphobia · Taphophobia · Technophobia · Tetraphobia · Thalassophobia · Tokophobia · Tonitrophobia · Trichophobia · Triskaidekaphobia · Trypanophobia · Xenophobia · Zoophobia


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