Anxiety at 35,000 Feet: An Introduction to Clinical Aerospace Psychology

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Karnac Books, 2004 - Psychology - 110 pages
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Fear of flying is a perennial problem among both passengers and airline crews and recent terrorist attacks have heightened the levels of anxiety when boarding a plane. In this volume, one of Britain's leading aviation psychologists, Robert Bor, examines passenger behaviour when faced with anxiety towards flying; the mental health of pilots; and the possible treatments for people suffering from fear of flying. The main aim of Anxiety at 35,000 Feet is to introduce basic concepts of clinical aviation psychology, with a primary emphasis on psychotherapeutic and clinical psychological issues.

"It is reasonable to assume that every psychotherapeutic encounter has become affected by recent world events in a number of different ways. For many people, the terrorist attacks have aroused previously palpable feelings of insecurity and unsafety that might have emerged in therapeutic work in other ways." -- Robert Bor, from the Introduction
 

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Contents

Towards the development
1
Understanding passenger behaviour
7
The mental health of pilots
39
REFERENCES
95
INDEX
103
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Robert Bor is a clinical, counselling and health psychologist as well as a family therapist who works extensively within the airline industry, consulting to air crew, airline employees and airline passengers. He is Honorary Visiting Professor on the City University, London postgraduate programme in Air Transport Management and also teaches on the Royal Free and University College London Medical School MSc in Travel Health. He is author of numerous books and papers on related topics and is frequently interviewed by the media on topics related to aviation and travel psychology. He is also a pilot and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Brett Kahr is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships, in the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health. A registrant of both the British Psychoanalytic Council and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, he has written or edited nine books and serves as Series Editor or Co-Editor to the "Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series" and the "History of Psychoanalysis Series" for Karnac Books. He is also a Trustee of the Freud Museum London. He has worked in the mental health field for over thirty-five years. His most recent book is Coffee with Freud, and his forthcoming book is entitled Winnicott's Anni Horribiles: The Creation of 'Hate in the Counter-Transference'.

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