Fear of Flying or Claustrophobia?

I’m curious, is it really a fear of flying or is it claustrophobia?

Fear of flying and claustrophobia

Fear of Flying and Claustrophobia

Sometimes it’s a combination of both.  Claustrophobia is the fear of not being able to escape an enclosed space.  It often results in a panic attack and a feeling of suffocation.

Someone with claustrophobia may not actually fear flying; instead they may be worried about what could happen to them in a confined space. They will often do whatever it takes to avoid the situation.

Many of my clients say that they feel safer in a car. They think that they are able to escape the confined space of a car more easily than an airplane.  When I point out that it is not necessarily true, it makes no difference to the client.

You see, fears are not based on logic. Fears are illogical beliefs that are held by the subconscious mind. In order to overcome fear, it makes sense to use techniques that are creative. They may even seem somewhat illogical.

The Swish pattern can immediately remove any fear, including the fear of flying.  It’s something you can even do on your own.

Here are five steps:

1. Create a picture in your mind of yourself flying in fear. What does that look like?

2. Create a picture in your mind of yourself flying with calm sense of confidence. What does that look like?

3. Take the first picture and make it black and white. Then make it really small.

4. Take the second picture and make it vibrant and colorful. Then make it really big.

5. Focus on the big, vibrant, colorful picture of yourself flying with confidence.

Practice this several times.

Realize that some find they get better results when guided by a professional. You can get more details about this technique and others in my program, “Lose the Fear – and Fly!”

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6 Responses to “Fear of Flying or Claustrophobia?”

  • Kris:

    I LOVED the visual process that you mentioned. I have a lot of my Claustrophobia clinets are afraid to fly. I think the issue comes down to two reasons…1)the confined area inside the airplane and 2) The fact that in their mind they cannot plan an escape route out of the situation. I know for me, that was my issue (no escape route). Well written nad I am going to place a link to this article on my site for my visitors to enjoy.

  • Kelli:

    I agree with Kris above. I’ve always wondered why airlines do not give more escape routes like individual parachutes with eject options (with the eject option being in possesion of the pilot) like fighter planes have. Maybe this is not possible but I’ve always wondered why they haven’t come up with something like that. That would eliminate a lot of fear because it would give people a chance to survive if something went horribly wrong.

  • admin:

    Kelli, Many people have asked that very same question. It requires extensive training to operate the ejection and parachutes. In 1964, my father was a Marine pilot and had to eject from his crippled F-8B Crusader over the cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Unharmed he tread water until a helicopter rescued him. I still have the newspaper clipping hanging on my wall. I’m happy to report that he is still safe and sound.

  • Mariano Weinzinger:

    I’ve personally dealt with panic anxiety problems my whole life. It started when I was just a kid and I’ve had to cope with them since then. I finally found a solution that has helped me get them done once and for all. I will tell you that it wasn’t quick or easy, but after a while I was able to finally get rid of them. I’m no longer dealing with them and its like I’ve started a new life not having panic attacks. I also saw a Dr. Oz special a few days ago, sometimes it isn’t a panic attack that is the root of the problem, I’d also recommend talking to your doctor. I wish you the best!

  • PCV:

    This nervousness attack is frequently accompanied with headache high palpitation fee hypertension fatigue and exhaustion So that you can get rid of nervousness attacks you have to bring changes into your lifestyle.

  • JKR:

    You are able to control a panic assault by practicing easy relaxation methods. These can be in the type of yoga which also helps to strengthen the body and gives off a strong sense of contentment to an person.