To Fly Like The Birds - Or Not?

by Alan Crisp - Date: 2006-11-29 - Word Count: 341 Share This!

If you consider that for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years man wanted to take to the skies like the birds, it seems strange that so many people have a fear or phobia about flying. Of course in today's modern age we don't strap on wings and take gracefully to the skies like our ancestors dreamt of doing, instead we climb aboard a giant machine of the air and place our safety and care into the hands of others. These others include pilots and air crew, air traffic controllers, mechanics and engineers, and many other individuals who make our flights through thousands of miles of sky possible.

Fear of flying (or aerophobia) affects roughly 1 in 5 people, and can be a real nuisance. It might just mean that family holidays abroad are impossible, or it might make a desired career impossible if it involves flying during business trips.

The effect that a fear of flying will have on a person can vary greatly. At one end of the scale, it might simply be anxiety during certain parts of a flight. At the other end, it might manifest itself as a full blown terror, which might even preclude them from just picking someone up from an airport.
Statistically, of course, flying is one of the safest modes of transport … but to someone with a fear of flying, knowing this at a conscious level, is not enough, and they remain afraid, controlled by their fear of flying.

To the sufferer, it's their imagination that drives their fear, and no amount of 'rationalisation' can help this.

Most nervous flyers simply avoid flying entirely if they can, and this avoidance serves to reinforce their fear of flying.

Fear of flying, especially when an individual has flown before, perhaps many times, is often linked to a more serious level of anxiety disorder and sometimes panic-attacks are a part of the problem also.
Fortunately all of the above can be very successfully dealt with by Hypnotherapy which may include Suggestion Therapy, Hypnoanalysis, Parts Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP) and Kinesiology.

Related Tags: hypnotherapy, nlp, psychotherapy, hypnosis, fear of flying, flying phobia, habits, negative thoughts, panic

Alan Crisp is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Stress and Trauma Resolution Consultant with a busy practice in Beckenham on the borders of West Kent, East Surrey and SE London. Alan specialises in stress and anxiety related problems including fears, phobias, Panic and Trauma.

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