After watching the video, answer the following questions. If you felt unable to watch because you knew it would make you too anxious go directly to Question 5
1] While watching the video I:
(a) Had to stop before the end due to rising anxiety.
(b) Experienced great anxiety but watched the entire video.
(c) Felt slightly anxious throughout.
(d) Remained completely calm and relaxed.
2] While watching, I felt my anxiety rising:
(a) Within the first minute.
(b) After 1 or 2 minutes.
(c) Towards the end.
(d) At no time.
3] I experience some or all of the following – heart beating faster, mouth going dry, palms starting to sweat:
(a) From the start.
(b) As the aircraft taxied.
(c) When the plane took off.
(d) At no time.
4] Watching the video brought to mind:
(a) News stories about aircraft crashing.
(b) A scary flight I once had.
(c) Happy memories of holidays in the sun.
(d) No memories relating to previous flights.
5) When I think about having to take a flight I feel?
(a) Sick with dread.
(b) Mindful of the possible dangers.
(c) Mildly apprehensive at the prospect.
(d) A sense of pleasurable anticipation.
How to Score
Bear in mind that a flight in the imagination, even when assisted by the sights and sounds of a flight, will never generate the same levels of anxiety as an actual flight.
Nevertheless, clinical experience suggests that a high level of anxiety when experiencing any potentially anxiety-arousing activity in the imagination suggests a similar response will arise in real life.
If you were unable to watch the video, add 12 points to your score from Q5.
There are 3 points for each (a); 2 for each (b); 1 for each (c) and 0 for each (d) response.
What Your Score Reveals.
0 – 3: You are unlikely to experience any great anxiety over flying.
4 – 7: You are mildly apprehensive about making a flight.
8 – 11: Fear is likely to spoil your enjoyment of any flight.
12 +: You have a fear of flying so intense it may stop you from ever doing so.
Any score above 8 suggests you might derive great benefit from my Fly Without Fear self-help programme.
There are practical, non-scary, steps that will help remain calm while flying whether on business or pleasure. In my audio training programme I take you through every stage of a flight from arriving at the airport to the moment you land.
In Fly Without Fear I take you, in your imagination, through every stage of a flight from arriving at the airport, the take off and encountering turbulence, to the moment you land at your destination. Actors and sound effects help make your flight as realistic as possible.
In the safety and comfort of your own home, you will learn to experience sensations not of distress or anxiety while flying but of relaxed enjoyment.
“This is a journey in your imagination, with real life sounds from the airport and plane, and the reassuring voice of Dr Lewis as your companion…he explains why visualisation and mental and physical relaxation significantly reduce anxiety during a flight, especially through the control that this restores to your mind. The bonus section on rapid relaxation and visualisation would certainly be worth taking with you.” Tom Spence.
For more information go to the Mind Healing – Flying Without Fear page at www.askdrdavid.co.uk