In this month’s One-on-One blog, ExpertFlyer talks with Michael Salem, the author of “Brave Flyer – How to End Your Fear of Flying.”
For years, Michael Salem counted himself among the ranks of petrified flyers. Unable to get on a plane, Michael counted many a missed opportunity, both personal and professional, which led to his search for a solution that would end his fear of flying. His book is a culmination of research, self-exploration, experimentation and results. Michael not only overcame his fear of flying, he is now an expert in helping others through his unconventional proven methods. In this post, Michael shares his techniques to help fearful flyers overcome their phobia and join the friendly skies.
“From my research, I have learned that most fearful flyers are not overly concerned with the possibility of an airline accident. This is exactly why statistics that tell you how driving a car is more dangerous than being on a plane or how well planes are engineered, will do little to calm your fears.”
– Michael Salem, author of “Brave Flyer”
There are scores of experts and as many books touting remedies for fearful flyers. What’s different about your book?
I am certain there are great books in the market and I appreciate all of them, but unfortunately many of them address the fear of flying phobia from an airline safety point of view, and most of them are written by people who do not suffer from this fear to begin with. The Brave Flyer book addresses this matter from the fearful flyer point of view. It talks very little about airline safety statistics, and goes into the details of the fearful flyer state of mind. It is the first book that I am aware of that speaks directly to the victim’s actual concerns and fears, and written by someone who feared flying for many years and overcame that fear.
How did you go about conquering your own fear of flying – how long did it take and what was your biggest “aha” moment in the process?
It took me roughly four years to conquer it. I wish I had a Brave Flyer book in my hand at that time; I could have done it in a few short weeks, if not days. I conquered my fear of flying when the ‘aha’ moment finally happened. This is the moment I came to realize that fear of flying is not a stand-alone phobia; it was actually only a front-end to one or more fears hidden in its shadows. Think of fear of flying as a symptom of a disease, if you cough, in reality your cough medicine is healing what is causing the cough (allergy, lungs, etc.), and not the actual expulsion of the air out of your mouth. The same applies to fear of flying; it is only a name of a symptom, addressing it as a stand-alone will not resolve the issue, as the underlying root causes are still strong at work. Addressing the root cause (fear factors) behind it is the trick. Continue reading →