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Travel health gift guide: what to get the incessant wanderer on your list

Travel health gift guide: what to get the incessant wanderer on your list Nov 22nd, 2011 at 1:00PM: Travel junkies are a special breed. Only a very distinct personality type gets a rush from being on the road as much as possible, or relishes the discomforts and situations most people go to lengths to avoid. Homesickness is a foreign concept. I know, because I too suffer from this malady. It started early, because I have a vivid memory of bursting into tears when I was six or seven, after we...

Coping with a fear of flying: the secret rituals of aviophobics

Coping with a fear of flying: the secret rituals of aviophobics Sep 6th, 2011 at 11:00AM: My name is Laurel, and I have aviophobia. I, like millions of Americans, am scared shitless of flying. Aviophobia can manifest for a variety of reasons: a traumatic experience on a previous flight; claustrophobia; fear of heights; fear of loss of control (ding, ding, ding!), even a fear of motion sickness. After years of researching the subject, I've learned that I fit the classic profile of an...

Watching news worsens aviophobia

Watching news worsens aviophobia Feb 15th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Aviophobia, a fear of flying is not unusual. The American Psychological Association estimates that 10 percent to 25 percent of Americans suffer from it ... despite the fact that we all have heard how much safer flying is than driving. What few probably realize, however, is that this fear can be exacerbated by news of travel disasters: a condition called vicarious trauma. Flying is one of the...

Shrink is Located in Terminal A

Shrink is Located in Terminal A Oct 1st, 2006 at 11:08AM: Fear of flying on an airplane is one of those things: you understand it is completely irrational--and all those helpful statistics tell you that it is bazillion times safer than driving--but you just can't help it. According to Harris Poll, 35% of all adults Americans are somewhat afraid of flying, while 14% are very afraid. The number has been going up, especially rapidly since 9/11. According...

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