Leads readers step-by-step with proven techniques that finally make it possible to conquer their fear of flying
You’ve tried to face your fear of flying, but the harder you try to control it, the worse it gets. This book teaches how to work constructively with your brain so you can address your anxiety in different ways that truly help you let go of the fear.
Packed with hands-on exercises, this book helps you better understand both the anticipatory anxiety prior to a flight as well as the fear experienced on board—and provides the tools needed to successfully fill the role of passenger, including:
• Questionnaires and fill-in-the-blanks • Pre-flight checklists and practice flight itinerary • In-flight panic journal and symptom graphs • Symptom and response inventories • Breathing and meditation exercises
Drawing from exposure therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, the methods in this book will help you:
• Understand how you became afraid • Discard safety objects and behaviors • Identify signal fears and false alarms • Use the AWARE steps onboard the plane • Recognize and respond to symptoms • Restore your ability to fly and travel
David Carbonell, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety. He is the author of four self-help books: Panic Attacks Workbook, The Worry Trick, Fear of Flying Workbook, and Outsmart Your Anxious Brain: 10 Simple Ways to Beat the Worry Trick. He has taught workshops on the treatment of anxiety disorders to more than 10,000 therapists in the US and abroad and maintains a popular self-help website at AnxietyCoach.com. In his spare time, he is the founding member of The Therapy Players, an improvisational comedy troupe of professional psychotherapists in Chicago.