The article below and similar articles throughout social media/magazines and even mental health resources make me despair. ‘Conquer Your Fear of Flying’ by:
– Learning about flying
– Accept Your Anxiety
– Exposure Therapy
– Relaxation Techniques
– Medicate Yourself!!!!
– Create a Flight Plan
This is just terrible advice. These are examples of ‘coping strategies’, several of which include a great deal of suffering by the person. ‘Learning about Flying’ is a *rational* strategy and completely misses the point; fear isn’t generated by that part of the brain. Fear is a limbic system response and no amount of statistics is going to change that response. ‘Exposure Therapy’ makes people suffer, it’s slow and often doesn’t work. ‘Relaxation Techniques’, again, is an admission of failure, the person is already stressed.
The solution is always to permanently remove the fear generation response in the limbic system. A good therapist should be able to do this in a session, using trance (hypnosis) or advanced cognitive methods. This is well known and any therapist booking people in for six sessions is a fraud.
Don’t suffer this nonsense. A quick session with a Cognitive Hypnotherapist or other, similar, competent therapist is all you need.
Fly safe, fly happy.