Even in the sheltered and largely safe world the majority of us live in today, plenty of us suffer from fears and phobias, some of them irrational, others entirely rational.
According to fears.net, some of the top ten phobias of all time include the fear of small spaces (Claustrophobia), a fear of spiders (Arachnophobia) and a fear of heights (Acrophobia).
Rational vs Irrational
Overcoming a fear of something can be difficult, especially with both irrational and rational fears.
A rational fear is one which exists because there is potentially a real danger involved in the action or event. An irrational fear is a fear which exists without this danger existing.
The difficulty of overcoming fears is amplified when the particular fear sits somewhere between the two. One great example of this is a fear of flying.
Fear of Flying
There is no hiding from the fact that throughout history, people have died as a result of a plane crash. This fact makes a fear of flying rational.
However, the frequency of deaths as a result of flying is incredibly small, almost making it irrational.
For example, Fly Fright statistics show that there’s a 1 in 11 million chance of being involved in an aeroplane incident.
They also show that 96% of people survive these accidents. All in all, air travel is by far one of the safest modes of transport in the world.
Despite this, there are still millions of people around the world who suffer from a fear of flying. This fear can really limit your ability to travel, be it for business or pleasure, meaning it could have a massively negative effect on your life.
15 Ways To Overcome Your Fear of Flying
Whether you genuinely are afraid of flying, or just fancy a little more reassurance, this infographic could be a real help, so take a look for yourself.
15 Ways To Overcome Your Fear Of Flying – An infographic by the team at SilverDoor.co.uk