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Fear of Flying

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In SOAR, Captain Bunn - a pilot and psychologist - takes a clinical approach to dealing with a fear of flying. He uncovers the inner workings of how fear is processed in our brain and how you can short-circuit that process.

Women seem much freer today than they were in 1973. Why do you think Isadora’s dilemmas still have relevance?

There is something about Fear of Flyingthat remain perpetually relevant. That's the question of what a young woman should do with herself: how she should reconcile her own ambitions with the dictates of society." That was three years ago. And with each flight since, I’ve gone deeper into Captain Tom's program, because my goal is to be as comfortable with flying as I am with taking a regional train. The London trip was so long that I didn't turn down alcohol when offered -- but one at least one of the other, shorter trips, I abstained from alcohol and alprazolam (I know not to use them together), and was entirely comfortable.

If you have a ton of flying anxiety like I did, chances are watching one Youtube video will probably not get rid of your fear. So if you’re really committed to beating your fear, you’ll need to do more. One way to do that is by reading some of the top fear of flying books. I listened to this on audible, and while it was effective, I may have preferred to read a hard copy. The audible version of this book is riddled with mistakes - there are several sections that were not properly edited where the author clears his throat, restarts a sentence, etc. It's only about 10% of the book, but the fact that it's happening at all is crazy to me. I could probably return it for a credit if I wanted to make a stink about it. Soar: The Breakthrough Treatment for Fear of Flying is a great read for anyone who wants to face their fear of flying at a psychological level. If you feel little reassurance from the statistical improbabilities of air disasters and want to learn how to practically resolve your anxieties, this is the book for you.Flying without Fear is a comprehensive guidebook to combat your fear of flying. The book is based on cognitive behavioral therapy. It will provide you with techniques to help you relax during flight, and also help manage pre-flight stress. A “captivating...truly original novel” ( Cosmopolitan) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic.

A great book, with a warm and funny heroine…It's simply fun to read the adventures of the deeply likable Isadora Wing, and it's sexy as hell." American poet and novelist Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying (1973) was a literary catalyst of the second-wave feminist movement, which focused on previously marginalized issues in women’s rights including sexuality, reproductive autonomy, and subtle forms of inequality that are encoded rather than explicit. Fear of Flying is told from the perspective of Isadora Zelda White Stollerman Wing, a Jewish journalist and accomplished erotic poet from New York City. Twice married, Wing travels with her husband to Vienna, where she carries on an affair with another man. Along the way, Wing finds that her sexual fantasies are entangled with the systemic oppression of women and female sexuality, as well as her ambitions in academia and literature. For its focus on a variety of marginal identities and their interactions, the novel became particularly popular among feminist and intersectional audiences.Even more to the point: the woman (unhappy though she knows her married friends to be) can never let he r sel f alone. She lives as if she were constantly on the brink of some great fulfillment. As if she were waiting for Prince Charming to take her away ‘from all this.’ All what? The solitude of living inside her own soul? The certainty of being herself instead of half of something else? When I was trying to overcome my own flying phobia, I read all the fear of flying books I could find. Not only did reading these books give me many necessary tools to beat my flying anxiety, but they gave me the confidence and hope that it WAS possible to conquer my fear of flying.

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