Fly Away Fear: Overcoming Your Fear of Flying

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Karnac, 2008 - Psychology - 166 pages
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Research indicates about 35 of every 100 people develop a fear of flying at some point in their life. Almost everyone knows someone who has it. If you've ever mentioned to others that you aren't comfortable with air travel, you've probably already discovered just how common is the fear of flying.

Fear of flying is a condition that merits proper attention, and which we are increasingly in a better position to deal with, particularly thanks to clinical research. We now know that fear of flying is similar to other phobias, and that it cannot be dismissed simply as fear of the unknown, and that telling someone to "pull yourself together" just isn't likely to be an effective way to deal with the problem.

Gaining your freedom to expand your enjoyment of life is the purpose of this book. The book covers a number of areas, including valuable information about flying and everything to do with flying safety. It also covers the nature of anxiety, frequently asked questions, and of course the self-help strategies that you can employ. In addition, it deals with professional therapeutic help, and what you can expect of such treatment.

By reading this book you will be less anxious about stepping into an aircraft and that you will experience the flight in a positive way, as an enjoyable and interesting event, which takes you to where you want to be in your life. In their clinical practice, we have seen thousands of people who have successfully overcome their fear, and it is likely that you can do so too!

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Elaine Iljon Foreman is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of fear of flying and other anxiety related problems. She holds an Honours Degree from Durham University, a Master's Degree from Aberdeen University, and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Her highly specialized Freedom to FlyTM treatment program for fear of flying, is based on over twenty years of clinical experience, and on her ongoing research and development of cog-nitive behavior therapy. Elaine has carried out her research in conjunction with NHS service provision, as Consultant Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She has researched the treatment of anxiety at Middlesex Hospital Medical School London, and at Aberdeen University, and has created a brief, intensive therapy course for the fear of flying based on cognitive behavioral techniques. Lectures and workshops are given on an ongoing basis to both professional and self help audiences. As well as being an invited expert onradio and TV programs, and having published extensively in the field, herresearch results have been presented at international conferences in Europe,North America, the Far East and Australia.

Lucas Van Gerwen is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and a professional pilot. As a European registered aviation psychologist, he is Director of the VALK Foundation, a collaborative venture between the University of Leiden, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Transavia airline and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to help people overcome their fear of flying. He has worked in this field for more than twenty years. The main goals of the VALK Foundation are: to help prevent a fear of flying, to provide a facility for helping those affected overcome their fears and to work with other organizations to develop their own programs. Together with the University of Leiden, he con-ducts research into fear of flying, passenger behavior, psychological problems among passengers, and for this he received his PhD. He is the one of the organizers and founding father of the International World Conferences on Fear of Flying. Dr. van Gerwen is the author of several books on the topic of fear of flying and has published numerous papers in scientific journals on the assessment and treatment treatment of the problem.

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