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How To Navigate The Self-Help Jungle

In Promise Land: My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture, author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro explains that the world of self-help is a mix of helpful and decidedly unhelpful. Without writing an expose, she reveals the, well, let's face it, tacky world of those self-help gurus who are in it for the bucks alone, and whose promises of salvation, or even maturation or actualization, are as thin as the dollar bills shelled out for them.

She also identifies some possibly helpful self-help programs
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3 Tips On Dealing With TRAVEL STRESS From Psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona

Manhattan psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona offers his advice for dealing with the stress of travel:

Traveling often poses unique challenges for people with genuine mental health issues, as well as those with "issues" that may fall short of a clinical diagnosis. People with anxiety, panic, or that are coping without a lot of stress often find that traveling can trigger symptoms and make symptoms they normally experience much more frequent and intense. The most important factors are perceived pressure (often related to time) and irrational fears related to mishaps (e.g. lost luggage or delays) or calamity (e.g. plane crash).
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SOAR: A Breakthrough Treatment For Fear Of Flying

C.R. writes:

Last year I wrote about SOAR, the online course for fearful flyers created by pilot and psychotherapist, Captain Tom Bunn. The course was terrific, only I didn't stick with it. I got very busy with work and even though I had potential flight plans, I didn't practice the exercises as I should have.

To my surprise, however, I felt I had benefited, from what I did spend time on, especially Captain Tom's well-articulated explanations of the mechanics of flying, and his "jello" explanation of how a plane actually stays in the air. I found the classes on the gulf stream and weather really interesting, too.

Thinking about flying had never been easier.

I also began to re-up my meditation practice, hisbodedus, in which I specifically worked on issues around flying. And I began immersing myself in a course of spiritual study and prayer to alleviate anxiety and fears.

Then I planned a trip half-way around the world, to the Former Soviet Union.
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Magical Thinking And Fear Of Flying


C.R. writes:

There is an art, or rather a knack, to flying.  The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. —Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

The Douglas Adams quote is one of my favorites.

I'm still doing my SOAR course and it is still working. You can read my first two posts (here and here).

I'm slowing up a bit because my schedule recently got slammed and not in the way I intended (two fractured teeth, among other exciting adventures in discomfort.)

Still, I know that overcoming this flying-fear is a serious goal and I am determined to focus on that goal. For me, the fist step is prayer, asking God for help in overcoming my fear. Then I get down to the taking the steps I need to take to get there.

Several things
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Anxiety, Rubber Bands and a Fear of Flying

I'm still working on the SOAR program I blogged about last week.

I hope I'll be ready to fly without fear long before hypersonic flight becomes a reality on passenger planes!

Yesterday I spoke with Captain Tom Bunn, LCSW of SOAR, who told me a bit about the genesis of some of the effective exercises in his flying-phobia treatment protocol.

For one technique, his inspiration came from anxiety expert Jerilyn Ross.

Ross's "rubber-band" technique has been used by countless anxiety patients in one form or another. The concept is pretty simple:  When you find yourself thinking about the fear, change your "what if" thinking. Focus on and carry out a simple and manageable task such as counting backward from from 100 by 3's or snapping a rubber band on your wrist.

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Scare In The Air: A Fearful Flyer Confesses

C.R. writes:

I'm going to disclose something I have been ashamed of for many years: I am a fearful flyer.

Yes, I've flown around the world but if it's at all possible, I'd drive for hours (even days) to avoid flying. I'd probably even walk.

In the past few years, I've learned that a surprising number of my (female) friends are afraid of flying. I have one friend who took her kids on a cross-country trip by car, spent two days at their destination, and came home.

I have another who took a cruise to and from a Caribbean island (usually people fly one way.) I have a friend who flies frequently on business and who doses herself with anything her doctor'll prescribe even though in "real-life" she won't take so much as an aspirin. (Nothing really works, she tells me). I have another who missed her honeymoon.
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Fear of Flying Poll: Frustrating and Scary

With all the controversy over the new airport body scans and the thorough pat downs, those who are already seat-grippers in the air have a new reason to dread flying--invasive body searches and embarrassing images taken of their bodies.

Statistics show that the majority of people who have significant flying fears are women over the age of 25. Flying phobias are so common that an enormous industry has been built on the treatment of this fear! (Just Google "flying phobia").

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