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  •  As an aviophobe (1+ / 0-)
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    Lucy Montrose

    I concur that it is, for me, almost entirely about feeling out of control. From the moment that door shuts, I am now unable to do anything to preserve my life until the plane lands somewhere else and the door opens again. I can't get off. I can't ask the pilot to stop. I have no idea how to fly the plane myself. Even in a car, for example, I can always turn to my friend or whoever is driving--and usually, this is a person I have specifically CHOSEN to get into a car with and not a stranger--and say "hey could you slow down" or "why don't we stop and go to the bathroom" or whatever. I'm still partly in control of my fate.

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    by greywolfe359 on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 09:42:06 AM PDT

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    •  It's important to remember, though (0+ / 0-)

      that fear of flying is hardly ever a result of not knowing risks, or not knowing how to assess them. It's really more an irrational (and known to the sufferer to be irrational) response to being in an enclosed space with lots of other people and not having the ability to get out of it at will. Although most self-identified geeks would have a hard time believing it, it isn't related to intelligence or academic ability at all.

      Where poor risk assessment comes in is when people view a certain number of people dying in a plane crash as being far more tragic (and warranting much greater corrective measures) than an equal or larger number of people dying in car crashes.

      Personally, as a physician, I would be very concerned at a child becoming febrile after having ingested bleach or had it shot up his rectum—Orac (Respectful Insolence)

      by ebohlman on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 02:29:33 PM PDT

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