Does anybody have a fear of flying? And if so how do you overcome it?
All though I don't have a fear of flying, I have encountered many people with the same fear. What I always tell them is that I have probably been on over 100 planes in my life and I have yet to encounter anything the pilot was not able to handle.
This being said, your chances of being in a plane crash are 1 in 11 million, you have more of a chance of dying in a car crash every year which is 1 in 6,500. In all reality air planes are a very safe method of travel. If it is a fear of heights that gets you nervous just don't look outside the windows and you'll be fine.
The best way for me to overcome your fears is to just dive right in. Most people are not a big fan of public speaking, but, if you go first you get it over quickly and then you realize it wasn't that bad.
The point is, the only way to overcome your fear is to know that there is a good chance nothing will happen, you have experienced professionals that know how to handle specific situations and to just do it, the sooner you try it the sooner you will realize it is nothing to worry about.
I am terrified of flying and have been for 30 years. I have turned down free trips because of my fear. I have also, probably, damaged my career by refusing to go on business trips for my company. The fear of flying can be debilitating to the extreme. The last time I flew, 9 years ago, it was to a 3 day trade show. After a white knuckle 2 hour flight I never got to enjoy the trade show, or any of the three days, because I was constantly thinking about the return trip. I know it is probably irrational but I can tell you that the fear of flying is very real and difficult to overcome.
My only problem with this response is that you didn't contribute how to overcome it. But, now I am slightly interested in your plane trip. Now, I do realize planes were not as safe 9 years ago, but, what was so terrible about your first trip?
It's a little difficult to contribute to overcoming the fear of flying when you haven't ,as of yet, overcome it! I had a very close call , on another flight,many years ago and have never fully "recovered" from that experience.......yet.
I do and have never flown on a plane. How to overcome it, I have no idea as I am NOT getting on a plane ever to go anywhere. The very idea scares me to death.
I used to have it very much. But then i had to fly and first time i called up every body near and dear one to say good bye as i was sure i would die. But then my hubby helped me to overcome it and now I am a very frequent flier.
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