Fear of Flying Phobia

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Think You Have a Fear of Flying Phobia

What is the difference between a fear and phobia?

While it is true that both fears and phobias play into what is commonly termed the “fear of flying”, it is phobias which considered more severe.

A “fear” is little more an uneasiness of the unknown or of that which has not yet occurred. It may be overcome with facts, education, patience, and just a bit of courage.

Phobias, on the other hand, are fears which are deemed to be irrational and unfounded, and result in total avoidance of the stimulus (in our case “flying”). Since they are not based on facts, and instead, are considered disorders of the mind, they are not usually as easily overcome as fears and instead may require psychological treatment.

The National Institute of Mental Health has indicated that 6.5% of Americans’ fear of flying has intensified to a bona fide fear of flying phobia which prevents them from conducting any airplane travel at all, as Michele Monteleone noted in the New York Times in July of 2007, “For Fear of Flying, Therapy Takes to the Skies.”

Keep in mind that fear of flying phobias are not always manifesting in the same strength in each and every person. While some people may suffer from a phobia related to crowds which expresses itself in a distinct feeling of unease, they are able to deal with it easier than someone else for whom this phobia manifests in physical symptoms.

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