If you suffer from flying fear or anxiety I want you to know that there is hope! There exists an effective, all-natural, scientifically proven method to get over your fear of flying. This article explores what fear of flying is and where it comes from. Finally we’ll discuss how to get over your fear of flying quickly, easily and naturally.
What is fear of flying?
Before we begin talking about how to get over your fear of flying, let’s talk a little about what it is.
Fear of flying, whose formal name is aerophobia, can mean lots of different things and can manifest in many different ways. For some, it’s more about anxiety, focusing all the potential for adverse outcomes, even though everything is going just fine at the moment. One suffering from flying anxiety might experience sleepless nights in the days leading up to their scheduled flight.
For others, it’s more of an overreaction to actual events. For example, a little bit of turbulence can cause immense fear. Or, the sound of the landing gear retracting might result in overwhelming panic.
The essential idea to understand here is that fear of flying isn’t rational. It doesn’t need to be. Even if the reasons behind that fear or anxiety aren’t necessarily real, the feelings indeed are.
There is no shame in irrational fear. All human beings experience some form of anxiety and phobia. So, while others who just can’t relate, may mock, embarrass or humiliate you, take comfort that you are not alone in this fear of flying. And, be proud, because by reading this article you are demonstrating your desire to improve your life, to get over your fear of flying.
Where Does Fear of Flying Come From?
It’s very common, and completely natural when examining fears and anxieties, to try to identify the source.
Many assume, that fear of flying, like any fear or anxiety, comes from childhood events. Indeed, while sometimes that’s true, it’s not a requirement.
Irrational fears and anxieties exist in the subconscious mind, the realm of emotion and belief. So, while sometimes we can identify a logical origin to a phobia, it’s not always possible, and indeed not at all required.
Because of the way that the subconscious mind works there could be any number of reasons for why you might experience fear of flying. Some may “make sense” like perhaps you were exposed to a tragic plane crash while watching the news with your parents one day. Seeing your parents horrified responses and seeing images of the burning wreckage caused a profound emotional reaction in your young mind. That intense negative reaction then became “attached,” in the subconscious mind, to the idea of flying. Then, years later, with no conscious memory of that childhood event, you find yourself experiencing an overwhelming sense of anxiety when even thinking about getting on an airplane.
The subconscious mind isn’t logical!
Alternatively, and just as likely, is that something completely illogical left just as profound an impression on your subconscious mind.
Perhaps one day you were out riding your bicycle. As you peddled along, you noticed flying high overhead a jumbo jet. Fascinated by sun glinting off the metallic body, intrigued by the roaring of the engines, and enthralled by the white contrails left in the plane’s wake, your concentration to became diverted and next thing you know you’ve crashed.
Even though the plane had nothing to do with your bloodied knees and bruised elbows, your subconscious mind, always trying to keep you safe, created a powerful adverse reaction to flight.
And while perhaps you can imagine how those potential childhood experiences could lead to a lifelong fear of flying, you might be surprised to learn that it could have just as likely been any other scenario, even ones seemingly having absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with planes or flying.
Somewhat less common, but still entirely plausible is a fear or anxiety that developed in adulthood.
The critical point here is that these powerful subconscious beliefs, as all fears, phobias, and anxieties are, become anchored into the subconscious mind when powerful emotion joins with an idea.
The idea is, “flying is scary” or “flying is dangerous” and if you have that thought, even if only subconsciously, while also experiencing an intense emotion, then that idea becomes frozen in the subconscious mind.
Why Can’t I Just Get Over My Fear of Flying?
Fears, phobias, and anxieties are part of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the realm of emotion, habit, and belief. Conversely, the conscious mind is the real of reason logic and willpower.
“Umm… okay”, you might be saying right now, “What does that have to do with how to get over my fear of flying.”
Well, when we try to make changes in our life, how do we do that? What faculties do we use?
We use our logic, our reason and our willpower. That is, we use our conscious mind.
But, as you know, fear of flying doesn’t exist in the conscious mind. If it did, then you could quickly get over it by reading up on the safety stats. Chance are that you are already aware that flying is the “safest way to travel” yet that knowledge hasn’t helped alleviate your anxiety.
Attempting to change the subconscious mind by using the conscious mind is like trying to clean the garage by washing a few dishes in the kitchen.
They’re two completely different parts of the mind.
More than that, we know that the conscious mind is only about 10% – 15% of the overall mind. The remaining 85% – 90% is the subconscious.
Perhaps it might work, but trying to use that tiny bit of the mind to affect the much more substantial, much more powerful portion seems like a losing proposition.
There Is Hope to Get Over Fear of Flying!
Now let’s get to the good stuff. There is hope! As I’ve said, fear, phobias, and anxiety exist in the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is ill-equipped to help. So you can’t talk yourself out of it. You can’t will yourself “better.” You can’t reason the fear away. But there does exist a tool. A powerful, natural, effective treatment to help you quickly get over your fear of flying! Hypnotherapy.
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An Effective, All Natural Treatment to Get Over Your Fear of Flying.
Hypnosis is a fantastic tool that addresses all of the concerns we’ve been discussing. Rather than relying on the conscious mind, hypnotherapy works directly with the subconscious mind.
Your fear of flying originated when during some event either known or unknown, you experienced some powerful negative emotion while having a thought about flying.
The event, even if it makes absolutely no logical sense, even if you couldn’t remember it in a million years, has affected you for years.
And, if such a simple thing could cause this fear and anxiety, then we can use the same method to create a NEW belief about flying. Rather than fear and anxiety, you can experience calm, peacefulness, confidence and security.
In hypnosis, I guide you into a light hypnotic trance. (It’s nothing like in the movies by the way. Remain wholly aware and in complete control the entire time. Therapeutic hypnosis is just like being relaxed, and nothing more.)
While in that light hypnotic trance I will guide you to use your imagination. Using imagination, we create powerful emotions. Positive emotions, peace, safety, security, confidence are then anchored into the subconscious mind and connected to the idea of flying.
That’s it. No strenuous exercises or struggling to “just get over it.” There’s no trying to “be different.” We take that part of you which responds to the idea of flying and replace the feelings of fear and anxiety with feelings of safety, and security.
What’s Involved in Hypnotherapy?
My clients average about six sessions. Of course, everyone is unique, but on average it’s about six sessions.
During the first session, we will talk about your experiences. We talk a little bit about the past, and how you personally experience flying anxiety. Mostly, though, we focus on the future, how you’ll feel once you get over your fear of flying. There’s hardly any benefit in dwelling on pains of the past when healing comes from focusing on the future.
I’ll then guide you through two or three fun and easy hypnotic “tests.” There’s no right or wrong, pass or fail with these tests. Instead, they just help me learn how better to communicate with you. They give me the information I need to help you get the most out of hypnosis.
Next, you’ll get comfortable, and I’ll guide you into a light hypnotic trance. Therapeutic hypnosis is nothing like stage hypnosis. During therapeutic hypnosis, you remain entirely aware; you stay in complete control.
Hypnotherapy is a process.
With each session, as I learn to better communicate with you and you become more comfortable with the process, we will narrow and refine our focus. We start by addressing your flying anxiety in a broad sense. As we work together we’ll be able to quickly narrow down the key points to focus on. Before you can fully get over your fear of flying we need to find our focus. Thankfully though that focus usually takes only a couple sessions to identify. That’s when things really start moving!
Most clients start to feel significant improvement after their third session. And, as I mentioned, my clients average around six sessions.
One of the fascinating developments in recent history is online video conferencing. Today I connect with clients all over the world via the Internet. Using your phone, tablet or computer, we can interact via video conference. You can experience the incredible power of hypnotherapy from the comfort of your own home.
Interested In Experiencing Hypnosis?
I’ve been using hypnosis to help my clients achieve their goals for twenty years and I want to help you achieve your goals too. Let’s discuss how hypnosis can help you.
Abstract: Hypnosis plays in important part in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Applying hypnosis allows the patients to reach a lower level of anxiety symptoms. The purpose of the study is to investigate the efficiency of certain therapeutic approaches on the patients who suffer from anxiety disorders. The methods were focused on applying the cognitive-behavioural therapy and applying clinical hypnosis along with the cognitive-behavioural intervention.
Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences Volume 78, 13 May 2013, Pages 471-475
By: Irina Holdevicia & Barbara Crăciun
Abstract: The effects of insomnia carries along a physical and psychological state of dysfunctionality felt by the individual. The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of a hypnotherapeutic and relaxation intervention applied in the case of patients who present anxious – depressive symptomatology and insomnia. A sample of 61 patients (Mage = 41.8; SD = 11.17) completed measures of anxiety, depression and insomnia. Our findings revealed that the psychotherapeutic intervention that involves relaxation and clinical hypnosis techniques leads to positive results among the anxious-depressive symptomatology patient who experience primary or secondary insomnia.
Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences Volume 127, 22 April 2014, Pages 586-590
By: Irina Holdevicia