Fear of Flying, The Cure


Hypnotherapy, lowers your fear to near-zero?

The fear of flying is perhaps one of the most irrational fears there is. However, the foundation for it is very real because aeroplanes do crash and for many reasons, e.g. technical problems, pilot error and of course terrorism and it is for these reasons that is is both impractical and irrational to totally remove all fear. Fear is a natural and necessary part of our defence system. However, when you think of it, there's no part to our life that doesn't contain its risks, if you drive a car and were involved in an accident, chances are it wouldn't put you off driving; even if you were only a passenger! We are nowadays aware that terrorists are totally indiscriminate in when, where and why they strike and that is quite a frightening prospect. However, it is because of that there is far more effort taken to reduce the threat to aviation from terrorism than to prevent the local idiot driver or radicalized lone wolf causing havoc! Logically speaking we should feel safer flying than any other form of transport but that is logic and fear is based on emotion, not logic and therein lays the rub!

The fear of flying is very illogical and because of that, not as straightforward as it might appear to be, in fact, as strange as it may sound, it can sometimes have nothing to do with flying or even aeroplanes. It can be caused by the rational or irrational consequence(s) of a correlated fear? For example, a fear of flying (aviophobia) can be a result of:

  • Fear of death (thanatophobia)
  • Fear of confined spaces (claustrophobia)
  • Fear of being locked in an enclosed space (cleithrophobia)
  • Fear of open spaces (agoraphobia)
  • Fear of clouds (nephophobia)
  • Fear of accidents (dystychiphobia
  • Perhaps as a result of being in any kind of an accident
  • Knowing someone who has been in a plane accident
  • Flying after a recent plane crash

It can also be a consequence of what is termed, Hebbian plasticity, wherein one can be in one emotional state of anxiety or fear and then experience another, naturally fear-provoking experience. In such cases, the two emotional experiences can be linked together and either one evokes the other!

However, the fear of flying is a learned fear and what we can learn; we can unlearn.

Hypnosis is very often highly successful because of its ability to access the subconscious mind and uncover the underlying cause of this life-limiting problem. Of course, it is not possible to say nothing couldn't happen during a flight, but it is the safest form of travel and therefore the probability of something happening is extremely unlikely. We successfully use probability almost every day of our life when we make any future based statements, such as:

  • I'll see you later
  • Call you tomorrow
  • I’m going away this weekend
  • I’ll be on holiday next month
  • See you when I get back

Of course, we do not know this to be true but, based on previous experience, we assume it is. To that end the efficient and effective use, during hypnotherapy, of such everyday statements become intertwined with the part of the mind most associated with the fear you have; whatever the underlying cause!

Statistically, cars and motorbikes are far more dangerous yet most people would not give up driving if they were involved in a car or motorbike accident. So, from this, we can reasonably assume the fear of flying to be out of context with the risk or at the very least, irrational fear and rarely based on personal experience.

Put in context, flying is one of the safest and wonderful things that has happened to the human race. It has enabled us to visit places previously not possible (at least within the context of a 2 or 3-week vacation). It is by far the cheapest form of travel (cent's per mile). It enables us to see our beautiful planet from an aspect not possible by any other means. It has expanded the travel industry and employs millions of people worldwide. It has brought wealth and prosperity to countries and nations all over the globe. Yet, it brings down upon those who fear it, the most uncontrollable feelings of fear and abject terror.

Hypnotherapy, available one on one in Singapore, is a natural and safe method of effecting lasting change in a person’s life and it brings about one of the most rewarding benefits of being human.

If you are interested to explore how my hypnotherapy services can help YOU to conquer this and many other fears, then why not call for an informal chat or book a Free Consultation?

Thom Conquered his terrifying fear of flying and now has a Private Pilot’s Licence

Flying in Australia 

Thom, just before flying over Cairns harbour Australia in July 2002.

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