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The dreaded fear of flying

Fear of flyingThe word for the fear of flying is Pteromerhanophobia which describes an irrational and extreme fear of being on an aircraft such as a plane or helicopter. It is sometimes referred to as aviophobia. The fear of flying may be an individual phobia in its own right which may have been brought on by a real life traumatic incident or may come from an amalgamation of a number of phobias such as a fear of enclosed spaces or a fear of heights.

It can also be the case that the initial fear in fact is not related to flying and started during a period of extreme stress, for example, and the mind has made some form of negative association with flying.

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