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If you are afraid of flying, you are not alone. There are many others with the same fear. And many of those other nervous flyers have fully and permanently overcome their flying phobia though the power of hypnotherapy and cognitive-behavioural hypnosis. So can you.
A phobia of flying is several fears, not just one. Few people have all of these, but most have several:
- Fear of heights
- Claustrophobia – being enclosed in the crowded, confined, airless space of a plane. Indeed, a feature of all panic attacks is the overwhelming need to “GET OUT HERE – NOW!” and when you just can’t do that, it acts as a pressure cooker for the fear.
- Fear of loss of control
- Underlying difficulty with trust – it takes considerable trust to allow yourself to be hurtled through the skies at high speed by people you don’t know
- Ignorance or misunderstanding of the normal noises which planes make, and not realising how very resilient and strong planes are. See: Some reassuring facts for fear of flying, below on this page.
- Catastrophising – entertaining catastrophic but exceedingly unlikely fears of a crash or terrorist attack
How fear of flying starts
One common way flying anxiety originates is from a turbulent flight which was unpleasant, but not dangerous. Or perhaps there was a journey-from-hell experience of being stuck on the ground for many hours in tropical humidity.
The inner mind has a way of worrying away at such minor events in the background and ramping them up into major fears.
Or the flight may have been made at a particularly stressful time in a person’s life, and the mind unconsciously transfers the general anxiety and upset onto the particular situation of flying.
Or the fear may just come from unbalanced reporting of crashes in the media – crashes are of course exceptionally rare, and even those almost always happen to inferior airlines you would never fly on anyway. Yet dramatic press reports tend to give a different impression.
This last factor is so important that I’ve created a list of some reassuring facts for fear of flying. Of course, on their own, mere facts are not enough – you can know all this and still be afraid. But if you don’t know all this, then it is that much harder to get rid of the flying phobia.
Whatever the cause, it is one hundred percent possible to take control of you own mind. A combination of hypnotherapy to find the hidden roots of the fear, cognitive-behavioural hypnosis to change your core beliefs and conscious thinking, and relaxation is very effective.
Results can be gratifying – I well remember the postcard from the very first person I ever helped with this condition saying “Thank you so much – the flight was boring!”
If you would like to take the first step to flying wherever you want and enjoying the flight, give me a ring today. I’m happy to answer questions or arrange, in Bristol, a free, no-obligation half-hour initial meeting. My approach is friendly, respectful, and very effective. Please click here for contact information.