Anxiety at 35,000 Feet: An Introduction to Clinical by Robert Bor

By Robert Bor

Worry of flying is a perennial challenge between either passengers and airline crews and up to date terrorist assaults have heightened the degrees of hysteria whilst boarding a airplane. during this quantity, certainly one of Britain’s prime aviation psychologists, Robert Bor, examines passenger behaviour whilst confronted with nervousness in the direction of flying; the psychological health and wellbeing of pilots; and the potential remedies for individuals being affected by worry of flying. the most target of hysteria at 35,000 toes is to introduce easy options of scientific aviation psychology, with a prime emphasis on psychotherapeutic and scientific mental issues.

"It is cheap to imagine that each psychotherapeutic come upon has turn into tormented by fresh global occasions in a few other ways. for lots of humans, the terrorist assaults have aroused formerly palpable emotions of lack of confidence and unsafety that will have emerged in healing paintings in different ways." -- Robert Bor, from the creation

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More worrying is the number of documented cases of actual psychoses aboard an aircraft (Beny, Paz, & Potasman, 2001; Matsumoto & Goebert, 2001). Psychiatric episodes are more likely to occur at specific points, especially during the latter part of a long flight; the other particularly vulnerable time occurs UNDERSTANDING PASSENGER BEHAVIOUR 23 during the early morning hours of an overnight flight (Ekeberg, Kjeldsen, Greenwood, & Enger, 1990; Jauhar & Weller, 1982). Some three quarters of these documented emergencies presented in female passengers.

These are the core ingredients of the standard, traditional method for working with fear of flying, though not all mental health professionals will approach the matter in the same way. It might be helpful for the reader to have a clearer idea of the key therapeutic features that may be of value for the patient. At a recent international conference on the treatment of the fear of flying, held in Vienna, Austria, in November 2000, a group of specialists generated the following “Ten Golden Rules for Patients with Fear of Flying”, most of which focus on cognitive and behavioural (somatic) hints for the patient: • Motivation is the key to change.

As shift-workers, they do not usually follow the same work routine, and their “office” is normally a cramped flight deck on board a military or commercial aircraft 35,000 feet in the air. Increasing automation on the flight deck over the past decade has altered the role of the modern pilot. While “stick-and-rudder” skills are still important, especially in emergency situations, there is much greater emphasis on managerial tasks, communications, and computer programming. When operating as part of a crew, a pilot’s actions are subject to the close monitoring of other crew members, which is likened to an incessant driving test.

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