The Bad Advice Fearful Fliers Are Exposed To

Anxious fliers are not helped by statistics that only one plane in 11 million crashes. They imagine what it was like to be on the one that crashed.

Anxious? There Are Two Ways To Go

Some believe the way to deal with anxiety is to replace uncertainty with certainty that what is feared can't happen. That is not the way the brain is supposed to work.

Why Am I Claustrophobic? What Can I Do About It?

When threatened, escape offers safety. If we learned too well to live in our creative imagination, we find it difficult to escape imaginary fears that cause real feelings.

When Disastrous Thoughts Start Playing Games With Us

“My disastrous thinking is already playing games with me. My mind wanders to the scariest thoughts possible about what could happen on the flight."

The Most Basic Way We Regulate Our Feelings

We can't use our own two feet inside a car. But anxiety does not develop. The ground is immediately accessible. Imagination of a plane crash is the opposite.

How Feelings Are Controlled When Flying

Since cognition collapses when stress hormones rise too high, cognitive strategies fail when turbulence bombards fearful fliers with stress hormones.

Mindfulness, Yoga, Breathing: Helpful, but Not in Turbulence

In this holiday season, articles are showing up on the web with tips for fearful fliers, Though intended to be helpful, inadequate advise sets people up for failure.

Does Anyone Know the Future?

You or I, after sending a bowling ball half way down the alley, might have a pretty good idea what will result. Ramakrishna Sarathy had an ability to do that with people.

Feelings Of Abandonment Versus An "I-Thou" Relationship

Is this the most important discovery in psychology? In an “I-Thou” relationship, the vagus nerve slows the heart rate and calms, by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

When Anxiety Means Suffering, Can Therapy Really Help?

Some therapists intuitively help clients develop right brain self-regulation. Therapists who are not relationally intuitive apply "paint-by-numbers" therapy learned in grad school.

Claustrophobia: Cause and Cure

On top of a building, the most direct escape is to jump, a thought that can trigger panic and make stairs and elevators seem impossible to navigate. The answer: alarm attenuation

When Anxious, Our Most Basic Strategy Is to Run

Our most basic way of dealing with our fears and anxieties is to run away from them. But, if we always run away, we severely limit our life and our relationships.

Miracle on the Hudson: How a Strikeout Became a Home Run

The untold story of the "Miracle in the Hudson." Sheer dumb luck turned a disaster-making performance into a celebrated triumph.

Turbulence Injuries: Here We Go Again

Apparently, each time there is an incident, I am going to have to cover the same material again. So, here we go.

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

Attenuation of Arousal: The Linchpin of Emotional Regulation

Stress hormones grab our attention and prepare us to run or fight, in case action is required. Thereafter, arousal needs to be sharply reduced so we can assess the situation.

Curing Fear of Flying in 140 Characters or Less

Sam was insistent. If I wasn't using Twitter to help people fly, I was missing something big.

Assessing Risk: Why It Troubles Us, and Why We Do It Poorly

A risk may seem significant even though it has never happened. Something that has happened only once can drive us up the wall. Why?

After a Crash: The Worst Mistake a Fearful Flier Can Make

Imagining the unimaginable releases massive amounts of stress hormones, and feelings of high anxiety, feelings that become pre-associated with future flying.

EgyptAir: Now What?

The cause will not be officially determined for some time. But no airliner has come apart in mid-air due to technical failure in more than sixty years.

How Likely Is Your Airliner's Engine to Fail?

Airliners can fly on one engine. Since that leaves no engine in reserve, pilots are required to land immediately if over land. But what happens over water?

The FlyDubai Crash: What Is Its Impact On You?

Imagination, when it is allowed to masquerade as reality, can cause high anxiety - and even panic - for no good reason at all.

Mandatory Reporting of Pilot Mental Health: Will It Work?

The problem at Germanywings was not the failure to identify a troubled pilot. The problem was failure to maintain two or more people in the cockpit at all times.

Emotional Regulation: Is There an App For That?

The ability to self-regulate is developed early in life. How well it develops depends upon the parent-child relationship.

Why We're Afraid of Heights

Will our plane fall? Will I lose control? What about the urge to fly like Mary Poppins? What if the view is too much?

How Wise Is "Better Safe Than Sorry?"

"Isn't it better to be safe than sorry? I've passed up opportunities to travel Europe with my husband. But, I think, isn't it better to at least still be alive?"

When Pilots Switch to a New Airliner, How Are They Trained?

Today's simulators are so realistic that takeoff and landing training can be done in the simulator rather than an actual aircraft.

Self-Awareness: Does It Increase Or Decrease Anxiety

Thoughts can cause the release of stress hormones.One way to limit stress is to limit inner awareness where troubling thoughts often reside. But, this strategy can lead to trouble.

Fear Can Make You Believe the Worst Will Happen. How?

Reflective function critiques our take on reality. When stress hormones cause reflective function to fail, it becomes impossible for us to know what is imaginary and what is real.

Is Terrorism Changing Your Life?

Given all the recent terror issues, I feel security cannot truly stop an individual intent on harm. Am I being anxious for no reason? Do you truly feel that our security measures are 100%?