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Fear of flying is a phobia i.e. it is an irrational fear. An irrational fear is one which we know is ‘silly’ or irrational but which nevertheless terrifies us.
That leaves us in a bit of a dilemma: We know our fear is ‘silly’ but it’s still quite disabling. The risk here is that we will resolve the dilemma by deciding that there is something ‘wrong’ with us for not being able to act rationally and sensibly!
This is one of the reasons why I have posted so much information about phobias, including fear of flying, on this website – to convince people that not only are irrational fear is very, very common but they are also eminently resolvable.
This page is an introduction to a series of questions which people have e-mailed me, along with my replies. And the purpose is to enable people who experience fear of flying to recognise themselves in the kinds of questions other people are asking.