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Fear of flying, Pteromerhanophobia or aerophobia, is a very common fear that affects people of all ages. It is estimated that up to one in three people suffer from this fear, making it one of the most common phobias in the world. While the fear of flying can range from mild to severe, it can be extremely debilitating for those who suffer from it. Fortunately, there are effective ways to manage and even overcome this fear.
What Causes Pteromerhanophobia?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to the fear of flying. It is often caused by a combination of physical and psychological factors. Physically, the fear of flying is often related to the sensation of being in a confined space, the fear of heights, and the fear of turbulence or other perceived dangers. Psychologically, fear of flying is often linked to anxiety or panic attacks, which can be triggered by the thought of being in an enclosed space or the anticipation of a flight.
Symptoms of Pteromerhanophobia
People who suffer from a fear of flying often experience a range of emotional and physical symptoms. These can include feelings of panic, dizziness, sweating, nausea, and an increase in heart rate. Other common symptoms include difficulty breathing, an inability to concentrate, and an overall feeling of dread.
How to Overcome Pteromerhanophobia
Fortunately, there are a number of techniques that can be used to help manage and even overcome the fear of flying. One of the most effective techniques is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This type of therapy helps to change negative thought patterns and behaviors that can contribute to fear of flying. Other techniques to help manage the fear of flying include relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and visualization.
These techniques can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels and make flying more manageable. In addition, it can be helpful to learn as much as possible about the aircraft, the procedure, and the safety measures taken. This can help to reduce the fear of the unknown and provide a greater sense of control.