'Flying without Fear’ is written by the founders of Virgin’s fear of flying programme, and comes with a foreword from Sir Richard Branson. It takes you through all the questions people have asked over the years their course has been going, no matter how silly. My favourite asked what would happen if the pilot had had an argument with his wife the night before flying, and was in a “bad mood”. Not something I’ve worried about previously I must say! However it does contain a lot of more sensible advice and knowledge as well, taking you through all the noises and movements you experience on a flight, and explaining the rigorous training that all pilots go through, as well the constant vigilance they face...
Saw this phrase on NHS Choices and think that this is just brilliant. We get asked this all the time. "Do I have a fear or a phobia?"
A fear becomes a phobia when you have to change your lifestyle to manage it.
This is such a nice simple way to explain it.
Thinking of all the thousands that have come onto our course, there are definitely many of them that completely change their lives to manage around not flying. Not only that, the lives of partners, children and work...
Here are two links written in association with psychologist Professor Paul Salkovskis of King’s College London.
A snippet from one of the articles:
The 10 most commonly reported phobias in the UK, according to a survey by Anxiety UK, are:
- social phobia: fear of interacting with other people
- agoraphobia: fear of open public spaces
- emetophobia: fear of vomiting
- erythrophobia: fear of blushing
- driving phobia: fear of driving
- hypochondria: fear of illness
- aerophobia: fear of flying
- arachnophobia: fear of spiders
- zoophobia: fear of animals
- claustrophobia: fear of confined spaces
Agoraphobia is often associated with panic attacks and sufferers avoid places that spark this panic.
“Agoraphobia and social phobia are usually much more disabling than specific phobias, although occasionally someone with a specific phobia is severely affected by it,” says psychologist Professor Paul Salkovskis of King’s College London.
“Specific phobias are much easier to live with than the more generalised phobias, because you can’t really avoid people and going to crowded places.”
Next planned blog is going to look at Hypnotherapy and how it can help people with phobias, fears, panic, anxiety and a whole range of anything...
Paul & Richard
Gatwick 8th July
Gatwick Children’s course 8th July (Now includes a flight)
London Luton 26th August
Birmingham 14th October
Manchester 11th November
Edinburgh 25th November
Southampton 2nd December
Leeds Bradford 13th January 2013
Newcastle 3rd February 2013