Overcoming a fear of flying

There are 2 comments on the Jun 5, 2009, Newsday story titled Overcoming a fear of flying. In it, Newsday reports that:

Andrew Kamer admits that his fear of flying wrecked his marriage. A Great Neck resident until last year, Kamer, 53, had been terrified of airplanes ever since he was trapped in a propeller plane as a teenager, circling in thick fog for two hours.

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Daniel Bernstein

Aliquippa, PA

#1 Jun 15, 2009
I have known Mr.Kamer since he was 16.I know he did have fear of flying, but that is not why they got divorced. It was more his ex- wife Rhonda's fear of Andy not making enough money, because the family owned business went under. He is also not a sales executive, but someone wo travels in his car collecting money from vending machines.

Mr. Kamer got over his fear because of his new girlfriend Sherry who goes ona trip evry two months, he had to get on the plane or he would never be with her.So love does conquer all!
Capt Tom Bunn LCSW

Elizabeth, NJ

#2 Jun 16, 2009
Fear of flying does not come simply because of a bad flight. Other passengers on a bad flight continue to fly without difficulty. What is the difference? We get our ability to regulate emotion very early in life. When that ability is not fully developed, when faced with uncertainty, we turn to control and escape to deal with the anxiety. That works on the ground. But when flying, we are not in control, and we can't escape.

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