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AEROPHOBIA

……………..or simply FEAR OF FLYING. I decided to dedicate this blog to a serious thema. Since on my last flight I was holding the hand of a very strong young handsome man from Miami to Amsterdam, I thought that it is worth it to analyse.

What is Aerophobia?

Aerophobia, or fear of flying, may be associated with numerous other phobias. Sometimes it appears on its own. The fear of flying is estimated to affect as many as 25% of people, although a full-blown phobia is significantly less common. Travel delays, common when flying at popular times, can make the fear of flying worse. Whether or not your fear of flying has developed into a phobia, it can have devastating effects on your quality of life.


Fear of Flying Symptoms

The symptoms of aerophobia are similar to those of any specific phobia. Physical symptoms of the fear of flying may include shaking, sweating, gastrointestinal distress, and heart palpitations. You may become flushed, disoriented, and unable to think clearly. People with a fear of flying may feel upset and irritable, and even lash out at friends, relatives, or airline personnel.

Some people with a fear of flying are reasonably comfortable at the airport, but begin to experience symptoms just before boarding the plane. Others have difficulty that begins as soon as they reach the airport. Anticipatory anxiety, in which you start experiencing the fear of flying long before a scheduled flight, is extremely common.

Causes of Aerophobia

Fear of flying that is not caused by medical concerns or other phobias may be caused by a range of factors. If you have ever experienced a traumatic flight or plane crash, aerophobia may occur. Even watching extensive news coverage of airline disasters can be enough to trigger a fear of flying. For example, much of the country developed at least a minimal fear of flying in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

If your parents suffered from a fear of flying, you may have internalized their trepidation. This is a particularly common cause of aerophobia in children, but affects many adults as well. You might pick up the fear of flying from another relative or friend, but parents seem to have the biggest influence on phobias.

Your aerophobia might also be rooted in an entirely different conflict. For example, a fear of flying that develops soon after a job promotion that requires travel could be caused by concerns about the job itself or its impact on your daily life. Likewise, children who must fly frequently to visit divorced parents sometimes develop aerophobia as a coping mechanism for the trauma of the divorce.


Overcoming Fear of Flying

There is just one single remedy and it is the only one that cures you forever – expose yourself to the fear and DO NOT AVOID FLYING, because the feeling that nothing happened will make you strong like a lion. ;-)) 

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