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Christopher, I'm an airline captain and licensed therapist. I've been working to help people overcome fear of flying for over thirty years, and this is about as lame as any advice I've run across. Yes, I understand that there is a lot of pop psychology that takes the "top-down" view that what you think will control what you feel (the propagandize yourself approach), that doesn't work for fear of flying because the feelings are caused by stress hormones. The stress hormones are triggered by the amygdala. The amygdala operates outside of consciousness - which means outside of any interest whatsoever in affirmations - and lightning speed. Nothing you do consciously at the time can intervene. The only way to intervene is to change the "software" the amygdala uses.
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Jul 26, 2010