“As soon as we booked the holiday, the dread and fear started. I had hated flying for as long as I could remember. Now I knew the dates, my anxiety increased. Fear of flying would always spoil my holiday as I’d feel nervous days before the flight and would only enjoy a few days of the holiday because I’d soon start worrying about the flight home.”
Fear of flying phobia is one of the most common phobias that exists. It’s one which rears its ugly head every time you book a holiday or business trip which requires travelling by aeroplane. What is it about flying that leaves people with such a fear?
For some it’s simply the lack of control with their fate is in someone else’s hands and feeling they can do nothing about it. For others, it’s being 35,000 feet in the air and having to rely on a mechanical beast which can go wrong. Other nervous fliers feel a form of claustrophobia from being in a confined space for a long period of time. The fact is there can be many reasons behind the phobia and in many cases it’s a combination of many factors that create the extreme fear.
Obviously anxiety about flying is intensified when a sufferer hears about a plane crashing with loss of life. No doubt many will spout the often quoted saying “it’s the safest form of travel” however for those with a phobia of flying this type of comment falls on deaf ears.
The one thing that all of those who have this fear will testify is the unremitting sense of dread they feel every time they know they have to travel on a plane. In fact for many sufferers the very thought of flying sends them into panic mode, and the closer the date looms the worse they feel.
So what can be done about it?
There are courses that you can go on, which will demonstrate the various elements of the aeroplane and familiarise the participants with all aspects of flying in order to reduce fear. Most people generally feel some short term benefits from these courses, but they can be expensive and tend to try to provide logical based reasons why flying is safe, when in reality fear of flying is an illogical, irrational fear for those who suffer from it.
Another option which has shown through clinical trials to be highly effective is hypnotherapy. The reason hypnosis is so effective is that it enables a suitably trained hypnotherapist to find out the root cause of a person’s fear of flying. Armed with that knowledge they are then able to retrain the relevant thought patterns to decrease the fear.
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