YOU CAN FLY: LEARN HOW TO HANDLE YOUR FEAR OF FLYING
(Danish title: “Du kan flyve: Lær at håndtere din flyskræk”)
- Do you suffer from a fear of flying?
- Do you wave goodbye to the family at the airport but then take a different method of transportation yourself?
- Have you made decisions in your life that were based on fear of traveling in an airplane?
- Do you begin to feel anxious days before you have to board a plane?
Get help for your fear of flying now!
Psychologist Kristina Hermann and pilot Troels Hermann have developed a method of helping you deal with your fear of flying.
This approach outfits you with a range of tools that let you craft your own personal strategy for letting go of the fear of flying. Use the book on its own, combine it with the Hermanns’ one-day 1 and 2 level courses, or come for a series of individual therapy sessions.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Studies show that more than one in five people suffer from a fear of flying, some so severely that they never dare approach an airport. For others, the palpitations, anxiety attacks, and discomfort begin even before the journey does.
It is disturbing to find your body going into crisis mode when you are standing in line at an airport. And it is painful to be flooded with emotions, to panic, every time you need to travel by plane.
Work your way through the fear
This self-help book makes use of a comprehensive group of elements, including visualization exercises, mindfulness exercises, behavioral therapy, and concrete information about air safety. Working with the fear of flying can be a tough process, but You Can Fly is here to guide and support you all along the way.
Formulate your own strategy
The starting point for You Can Fly is the idea that a strategy you put together yourself will work best in helping you overcome your fear. The book helps you do this by outlining four different types of flight-related fear and guiding you in identifying which type you suffer from.
With the book’s help, you will develop a greater awareness of the feelings behind your anxiety. As you learn what exercises will benefit you most, you will begin to replace your sense of panic with peace of mind, and your catastrophic thoughts with healthy, positive ones.
You Can Fly was written in collaboration with Rikke Finland.
We distinguish between various types of flight anxiety. You may be afraid to fly because you have been infected by someone else’s fear. You may have traumatic memories that are triggered by something related to flying and that render everything related to air travel uncomfortable. Perhaps you are one of those people whose flying phobia is so pronounced that the mere mention of airplanes sends panic spreading through your body.
A treatment strategy for each type
Using a series of questions, we establish what type of anxiety you suffer from. Once we have done that, the therapy process begins, as you get to work on your specific issue.
Awareness of your feelings
In order to learn to regulate your anxiety and tolerate it, you must be able to detect and recognize it, and separate anxious feelings from other emotions.
Changing your behavior
The body is an important component in this whole picture. Feelings of anxiety lodge in the body, so you need to learn how to calm and soothe an overloaded physical system.
Transform your thoughts
Catastrophic thoughts can seem to take up all the oxygen in the room, trapping you in negative thinking. By learning to become aware of your thoughts and knowing that you can actually control them, you can replace ominous, negative thoughts with positive ones more appropriate to your actual situation.
For each type of flight-fear disorder, there are strategies for coping that are more helpful and effective than others. You Can Fly and our course offer a strategy for each type.
Knowledge of aviation safety
For some people who fear flying, it helps to know that aviation is the safest of all forms of transportation. The book sketches out what modern airplanes are designed to do, and the extensive amount of control that pilots have over them.
The safest mode of transport
Statistically speaking, you would have to fly every day for 7,000 years to risk getting involved in a plane crash. In fact, air travel is the most secure of all modes of transport. People who are prone to catastrophic thoughts about air travel can benefit from a practical understanding of aviation safety.
Safe, modern aircraft
Modern planes are built so safely that they are essentially unbreakable. Every single part of the plane is checked and scanned, and the design is tested repeatedly long before it is ever allowed to carry passengers. Then, after each flight, planes are meticulously examined by specially trained mechanics. A faulty airplane part is replaced before it can break.
High security at the airport
Every element of an airport, from security to runway length, is conceived with safety in mind. And crowning the operation are highly trained air traffic controllers, monitoring and coordinating plane traffic both in the air and on the ground, from takeoff to landing.
Skilled and dedicated pilots
An airline pilot knows each and every button and display in the cockpit, every sound and signal. Pilots at major airlines are continually re-tested on their knowledge and skills, undergoing advanced training sessions and testing several times a year. What’s more, their health is thoroughly checked on a regular basis, ensuring that they can perform their job optimally. All these things help guarantee that the pilot is always flight-ready.
Knowledge sharing and the aviation industry
The aviation industry is subject to stringent safety requirements, and safety considerations always outweigh issues of business and competition. Information is continually shared among airlines and aviation authorities worldwide, so that their knowledge bases remain up to date.
In other words, it’s all about safety. Safety is the key word in aviation, and nothing is left to chance. That is why the same accident rarely happens twice. In fact, flying gets safer every year. Think about that the next time you need to travel!
Enrollees in our course “You Can Fly! Learn How to Handle Your Fear of Flying” get the opportunity to inquire about anything they would like to know about air safety. Pilot Troels Hermann, one of the course’s teachers, has logged more than 10,000 hours of flight time and has over 30 years’ experience flying large planes.