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>> No. 26903 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 3:11 am
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How do I get over my fear of flying? I've never let it stop me going anywhere, but the entire week preceding a flight I'm shitting it, and every waking moment of the flight I have a elevated heart rate, sweaty palms... I'm just waiting for the plane to just start dropping. Every time it does any drop my mind tells me it's the start of a descent to death. I've tried low dose diazepam, didn't exactly cure my fear... I've not tried alcohol
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>> No. 26904 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 7:17 am
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Sorry to hear lad, I always like to think of how many flights happen every single day around the world and how many you actually hear of crashing.

The likelihood of any great harm coming to you on a plane is so minuscule that when something does happen to a plane it dominates world media headlines, exactly for that reason.

You have, confirmed, more chance of dying in a car on the way to the airport than actually dying on the plane and more chance in general of dying everytime you get in your car.

Playing death odds roulette may not help you relax but I guess it just helps you realise that the actual likelihood is pretty small and you should worry about some prat running you over on a red light more than you should one of the most regulated industries in existence coming a cropper on the flight you happen to be on.
>> No. 26905 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 12:01 pm
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>>26903

Ask your GP for Propanalol to help with anxiety attacks.
>> No. 26906 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 12:38 pm
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British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Easyjet all offer fear of flying courses. They're not cheap (£200 to £300), but they have an excellent success rate.

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/travel-assistance/flying-with-confidence
https://www.flyingwithoutfear.co.uk/
https://fearlessflyer.easyjet.com/
>> No. 26907 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 12:43 pm
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>>26903
If it helps, the safest part of the plane in the event of a crash is the passenger cabin. If you can, be in the cabin rather than the cockpit or the hold.


If you are likely to fly regularly then it may be worth dropping a couple of hundred on a course, whixh typically involves a seminar followed by a short flight around the block.
>> No. 26908 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 4:31 pm
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That kangaroo is fuckin' hench, it's making me feel inadequate.
>> No. 26909 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 4:40 pm
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>>26908

DO U EVEN LIFT?
>> No. 26910 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 5:58 pm
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To get over your fear of an instant and painless death? That doesn't sound too bad to me.
>> No. 26911 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 9:16 pm
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>>26906
I know some people who have done these courses - highly recommended.
>> No. 26912 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 9:33 pm
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One time I got a book of black box recording transcripts from the library. I can't remember what it was called. The editor said reading them eased his fear of flying since the flight staff were so calm and professional but I went from fearless to faintly nervous (at that time; it wore off) due to the huge list of things that could go wrong.
>> No. 26913 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 9:37 pm
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>>26912

I think this was it. The cover looks familiar.
>> No. 26914 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 10:01 pm
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>>26912

I was going to suggest similar. I've never been scared of flying (Wanted to be a pilot as a teenlad), but listening to ATC recordings of in-flight troubles and the staggeringly professional nature with which they're dealt with seems like just the thing to ease someone's mind.

Even doctors and firemen raise their voices when people start to die, sometimes. But pilots seem to have it trained out of them.

Imagine even at your office job, the bloke next to you dying and you being this calm about it:


>> No. 26915 Anonymous
25th June 2018
Monday 10:15 pm
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>>26914
>Even doctors and firemen raise their voices when people start to die, sometimes. But pilots seem to have it trained out of them.

Occupational psychology is quite a fascinating field. The calmness of airline pilots isn't due so much to massive levels of training, it's due to the incredibly simple concept of a checklist. Whenever something goes wrong, the pilots get the checklist out and start going through it, even if it doesn't give them the answer, the very act of getting it out and starting to tick boxes effectively flicks a switch in a persons brain which stops the panic.

The same techniques have been put to use in hospitals with a huge amount of success, but there's been a lot of ignorance and a lot of heel dragging that has stopped a methodical roll out across the NHS.
>> No. 26916 Anonymous
26th June 2018
Tuesday 12:09 am
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>>26913

The one I remember most had a captain adamantly insisting he'd "spilt coffee" on his trousers. I think I'd have "spilt coffee" on mine too under the circumstances.
>> No. 26919 Anonymous
26th June 2018
Tuesday 12:47 am
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>>26916

I read this in 1995, when I was 15, and thought I remembered a bit where they have an extremely rough plane landing and they could hear the pilot repeatedly saying something they couldn't quite catch and it turned out he was asking for a "valance sheet" which is a special thing pilots wrap around themselves after they crap themselves, so I've just looked on Google Books and Amazon's Look Inside and the book has nothing remotely like that. That also isn't what a valance sheet is. How weird.

I recently reread 101 Dalmatians because I thought I remembered a bit where they were hiding in library and a dictionary fell off the shelf and opened at the definition of "metaphysical" then all the books started floating around. I couldn't find that bit in any electronic version, so I bought the paper book with the exact same cover as the one I had as a kid, and guess what, there was nothing remotely like that in there either. I don't know what the heck book I was mixing it up with but it sounds pretty cool.

It was also the reason "metaphysical" was one of my favourite words when I was a kid, although I didn't know what it meant. The other was "precipitate" which I heard during a class trip to a power plant's PR exercise about how clean and environmentally friendly they, and nuclear power, were.
>> No. 26920 Anonymous
26th June 2018
Tuesday 9:00 pm
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Apparently the preflight checks are so in depth, that the plane will literally refuse to take off unless everything is 100% green.
>> No. 26921 Anonymous
26th June 2018
Tuesday 9:33 pm
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>>26915

Extremely interested in this. Any good reading on the phenomenon you're talking about, or any good entry point into occupational psychology?
>> No. 26922 Anonymous
26th June 2018
Tuesday 10:11 pm
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>>26921
Here's some bedtime reading:
https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-27/edition-2/improving-aircraft-safety

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