15 Ways To Overcome Your Fear of Flying [Infographic]
It is fair to say that for our own particular reasons, we all have our own fears and phobias which we cope with everyday.
Some of these fears are of things we generally don’t come into contact with on a daily basis, such as snakes or large spiders.
Rational fears are entirely understandable and the majority of us will either have one or know someone who does.
For example, take a look at this top 10 list from fear.net which includes Arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) and Claustrophobia (a fear of small spaces).
However, the flip side of this is that some things we fear are things which we encounter regularly, often these are seen as irrational fears.
While a rational fear is a fear of something which could realistically harm or kills us, an irrational fear is one which realistically offers little or no chance of harming us.
Take a look at this list of everyday irrational fears from Buzzfeed which serves up some great examples.
Rational & Irrational
There is also a number of fears which fall somewhere in between being rational and irrational, and plenty of people suffer from them.
A great example of this is a fear of thunder and lightning, otherwise known as Astraphobia.
The reason this can be seen as rational is because people do die as a result of being struck by lightning every year.
However, it could also be seen as irrational because the number of people who actually die is very low.
According to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), around 33 people die from lightning strikes in the US each year.
A Fear of Flying
Another fear which falls between the two is the fear of flying. There are varying statistics on how many people are afraid of travelling by air, with this ABC news article showing it could be anywhere from 6.5% to as many as 25% of us.
A fear of flying is to an extent rational. In the grand scheme of things, we (as humans) haven’t exactly been flying for every long (around 100 years) and people still die in crashes every year.
However, as Fly Fright explains, there is around a 1 in 11 million chance of being involved in an airline accident. On top of this, 96% of passengers survive airline accidents.
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has suggested that flying is more than 200 times safer as a mode of transportation than driving a car.
Regardless of how rational or irrational a fear of flying is, lots of people suffer from it each year, seriously affecting their ability to travel abroad.
No one should be hamstrung by such a fear and that’s why silverdoor.co.uk has created an infographic to help those who suffer from it.
The infographic is called ’15 Ways To Overcome Your Fear Of Flying’and it covers all of the most important statistics, tips and tricks in order to help you enjoy the benefits of air travel.
Whether you suffer from this fear yourself, or just fancy a little more reassurance for your next flight, take a look below and benefit from this infographic.