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How long ago was your most recent flight?
More than 5 years ago
1-2 years ago
More than 10 years ago
Less than 1 month ago
3-5 years ago
1-5 months ago
6-12 months ago
Do you avoid flying?
Yes, I completely avoid flying.
Yes, I only fly when it is absolutely necessary.
No, I fly whenever and wherever is necessary.
Do you experience panic attacks OUTSIDE of airplanes?
Yes, I’ve had them several times, but they had no effect on my life
I used to have them quite often. Not anymore.
No, what are they?
Yes, I experience them regularly, especially in situations that I do not have the control over or can easily escape from.
Do you avoid any of the following?
I do not avoid anything from the list
Center seats at a theater / movie theater
Being significantly far away from home without anyone accompanying you
What do you agree with from the list below?
It is important for me to always get the best results in everything that I do
I demand a lot from people
I think that the world should be a certain way - exactly as I’d like to see it.
I tend to have the highest demands for myself.
I tend to divide everything into “black or white”, “everything or nothing” categories
I don’t take well any unpredicted situation
A perfect order in my things, at work and at home is important to me.
I try to always plan everything.
When I reach a goal, I immediately start thinking that I could have done better.
It is hard for me to decide what car to buy and which hotel to stay at - I am afraid to make the wrong choice.
I am afraid of failure. If the chances for failure are high, I can completely refuse to participate in the project / process.
I believe that the person must control his / her emotions.
Nothing from the above.
Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?
Most likely yes, but only in certain things and within reasonable limits.
Yes, I am a perfectionist and I am proud of it.
Most likely not. I still have ways to go to become a true perfectionist.
Yes, I am a perfectionist and this ruins my life.
Would you be able to look down from the window on 7th floor?
Yes, it won’t be a problem for me.
No, I am terrified of heights.
Most likely yes, but I’d want to turn away.
What’s the worst thing that can happen with you from strong fear, or panic?
Nothing from the list
I’ll lose control over my actions
I’ll be ashamed in front of others
In the airplane I am afraid of:
Loss of control
High risks when flying
My own physiology
Inability to escape
Shame in front of others
Possibility to lose self-control
My psychological state
Is flying dangerous?
No, it is not.
Yes, it is.
Were you brought up in a full family?
Yes, I was.
No, I wasn’t.
I was mostly brought up by someone OTHER than my parents.
Were you ever physically punished as a child?
I had a complicated relationship with one of my parents.
Brought me up in strict conditions
Didn’t have time for me
Demanded perfect results in everything that I did
Were always worried about my health and safety
Were anxious (one of them or both)
Were my best friends. We had a warm, caring and understanding relationship
Were not sensitive to my emotional needs
Gave their love only for something: good grades, washed dishes, etc.
Preferred my sibling(s)
Rarely hugged me, kissed me, called me sweet names - it was not common in our family
Thoughts manifest themselves: whatever you are afraid of, will happen. I am afraid of flying and thus, will attract something horrible.
I am constantly worried about everything. This ruins my life, but I cannot stop.
Yes, I am an anxious person.
No, this is not me.
You are standing in front of an airplane that you are about to board. What worries you the most?
Possible failure in controlling your emotions (not being scared)
Your physiological state
When I fly,
I do not. Stopped because of my fear.
I only fly a certain airline that I trust more or less
I only fly short distances
I never look out the window
I plug my ears not to hear any sounds
I always use sedatives / alcohol
I feel better in business class
I feel better in the lavatory
You are in the car, not driving. You:
Controlling the driver
Resting, sleeping, working
Cannot ride in the passenger seat, only trust yourself!
Your vestibular system:
Regular, I don’t get car sick
Very sensitive. I feel nauseous in the car and when I fly - the floor and the ceiling turn upside down at the slightest bank
Do you tend to be sensitive to your body, feeling that “something is not right” and often visit the doctor?
No, this is not my case
Yes, this is exactly me
Cannot make up my mind
How do you feel about turbulence?
It is frightening just as much as anything else
It is the most frightening thing of all, my worst nightmare
I am indifferent about it
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Do you take antidepressants or sedatives?
I used to take them, not any more.
I’ve never taken them
Sometimes I have to take them
Yes, I take them regularly
Do you tend to do any of the following?
I can check several times if I closed the door, turned off the lights, etc.
I can re-do certain things several times or until I feel that now “it is how it is supposed to be”
I often / for a long time and carefully wash my hands / take showers, can do it several times
Sometimes I try to do things with “good thoughts”
I am afraid to get sick, I often do medical tests and check ups, but the results don’t satisfy me.
It is important for me to have a STRICT order in my things.
I cannot get rid of old things because I am scared that I may need them later
I am afraid to run over someone on the street. Sometimes I drive back to make sure that I didn’t.
I am afraid to accidentally hurt my loved ones
I am afraid to hurt my loved ones on purpose
I often ask people if I’ve done everything right, if everything is okay, if I possibly have made a mistake / hurt someone’s feelings
Sometimes I have bad, unacceptable thoughts that I cannot get rid of
Nothing from the above
Mark those statements that you agree with:
I sometimes feel like I don’t belong when with my family or friends
I pride myself on not relying upon others
I have difficulty asking for help
I have friends or family who complain that I am aloof or distant
I feel that I have not met my potential in life
I often just want to be left alone
I secretly feel that I may be a fraud
I tend to feel uncomfortable in social situations
I often feel disappointed with, or angry at, myself
I judge myself more harshly than I judge others
I compare myself to others and often find myself sadly lacking
I find it easier to love animals than people
I often feel irritable or unhappy for no apparent reason
I have trouble knowing what I am feeling
I have trouble identifying strengths and weaknesses
I sometimes feel like I am on the outside looking in
I believe I am one of those people who could easily live as a hermit
I have trouble calming myself
I feel there is something holding me back from being present in the moment
At times I feel empty inside
I secretly feel there is something wrong with me
I struggle with self-discipline
An ATM is giving out your $100 in small denominations (all $20s). Will you count the money?
Yes, an ATM could have made a mistake
No, the chances for a mistake are minimal
On average per year I make (one-way trips):
Under 5 flights
I fly every month
I fly several times per month
I am planning to make a flight
I do not plan any - my fear limits me
In over a month
In the next month
In the next week
Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow
I think my fear of flying is due to:
Situation in the aviation and my perception
I live in:
New Zealand / Australia
Which statement do you agree with most:
Fear of flying is a problem for me. I want to overcome it and I am ready to invest time, effort, and money to do so.
Fear of flying does not affect me that much, so I am not ready to deal with it right now.
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