The Fear of Flying is very common and, contrary to popular belief, most people who suffer from this fear DO fly… but they find it a very unpleasant experience. The few who never fly will be those who experience an over-powering fear, or panic disorder, that just makes it impossible for them to enjoy air travel.
Each person's experience of the fear will be unique: some will have a mild concern that passes the instant they book their overseas holiday; some will have nervousness about taking off and landing, but are fine when in the air; some will feel that they have to relax their stress and fear by having a few drinks before the flight; and others will be so terrified that they physically have to be restrained or sedated in order to fly [think B.A. Baracus in the A-team, for those of a certain age!].
A person often disregards the importance of the fear of flying… thinking that people may only miss out on overseas holidays… but the team at Tranceformed Perceptions are well aware that people can, and have, missed out on promotions and/or jobs because of their fear of flying.
Right at the extreme end of the fear scale is the individual whose fear of flying is so over-whelming that they cannot fly at all - in fact, even the thought of entering a plane can cause the rapid onset of anxiety or even (in the most extreme cases) a panic attack, nausea, shaking or hyperventilating.
Obviously unable to fly, they may even be unable to collect or meet others from the airport.
What is the Fear of Flying?
At the lower end of the fear scale sits the individual who may become a nervous at certain stages of flight.
This anxiety may disappear once they have stepped onto the plane, or when the doors close for take-off. It may appear only during take-off or landing, or (like many people) only appear in the event of the flight experiencing turbulence. This is NOT a true fear of flying, since even the most frequent of flyers will, on occasions, experience thoughts like these.
Fear of Planes and White-Nuckle Flying
In the middle of the fear scale sits the proverbial 'white nuckle' flyer; the individual who sits stiffly through the flight, an anxious look covering their face, perhaps sweating, and gripping tightly to the arms of their chair…hence the 'white nuckle'. This person knows that they have no choice but to travel by plane, and therefore simply have to endure the experience.
They will almost certainly avoid overseas holidays, or jobs involving air travel, and will potentially take long car, ferry, or boat journeys to arrive at where they need to go… unless there is absolutely no choice, as above.
It is highly likely that, if they have to fly, they will use strong medication or alcohol to help them deal with their fear (or, more accurately, temporarily release the tension that the fear causes). Air travel truly is a painful ordeal for them, and they may take days to get over the stress after arriving at the other end of their outbound flight. It is also likely that, as the end of their overseas journey gets closer, they will develop anxiety in preparation for the return journey.
Fear of Flying is widespread
Approximately 20% of the population have a fear of flying, therefore it is likely something that every household in the UK experiences. As noted above, the intensity of the phobia will determine the severity of the interruption it causes to people's lives.
It can impact on family fun: a child's intense fear of flying means that the entire family no longer enjoy overseas adventure holidays. It can impact on personal relationships: A husbands fear of flying means that he and his wife cannot travel overseas on holiday, but his wife is desperate to go. It can impact on a person's career: A woman turns down a promotion because she would have international responsibilities and is unwilling to fly.
Therapy for Fear of Flying
There are a number of options available to individuals suffering from a fear of flying.
Hypnotherapy for the Fear of Flying
Clinical Hypnosis has been shown to be very effective at helping people to overcome this problem. We run a programme of one or two sessions of Hypnotherapy that takes you through the process of flying but visualising yourself feeling calm and relaxed and enjoying the flight. We recommend having these sessions just a week or so before you plan to fly.
This is an effective solution for, generally, those persons who have a mild to medium fear of flying.
Psychotherapy for the Fear of Flying
If you have a mild to severe fear of flying then we would probably recommend that you have one of our psychotherapeutic offerings, such as HypnoAnalysis or Cognitive Processing and Integration. By doing this, we can discover the root cause of the fear, and deal with it in a safe, comfortable environment.
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All conditions that we can treat with hypnotic techniques require two critical elements for success: your desire to make the change, and your maximum effort. If you have these, nothing can stop you!
The material included herein is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician, psychotherapist, or other healthcare professional, whom you should always consult about your circumstances before starting or stopping any medication or any other course of treatment, exercise regimen, or diet.
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