New iPhone App Cures Fear Of Flying: What Can't This Thing Do? - HotHardware
New iPhone App Cures Fear Of Flying: What Can't This Thing Do?

New iPhone App Cures Fear Of Flying: What Can't This Thing Do?

Scared of flying? Would you rather drive 20 hours than hop in the sky for 3? You're obviously not alone, and now it looks like Virgin Atlantic is hoping to help those of you out who can't quite come to grips with soaring in the friendly skies. But we're not talking about fear training or something like that, we're talking about a new iPhone app. Yeah, an app!

The company's own "Flying Without Fear" course is now being made available via Apple's App Store, and it reportedly has a success rate of 98%. iPhone and iPod touch users can download it now, and according to company president Richard Branson, this app could help millions deal with their fears and hop onboard for the first time.

"This is Virgin Atlantic innovation at its best. Our first iPhone app will bring the benefits of our successful Flying Without Fear course to millions of people around the world who are now using mobile technology to make their lives better. The app will put many travelers at ease and enable them to prepare for their first Virgin Atlantic flight."

Virgin Atlantic's Flying Without Fear team have developed the app with Mental Workout, a company developing mobile applications focused on improving lives by helping people resolve issues and increase mental performance.

The Flying Without Fear app contains a personal introduction by Sir Richard Branson, a video-based in-flight explanation from start to finish of a flight, frequently-asked questions, relaxation exercises and fear therapy, a fear attack button for emergencies with breathing exercises and quick tips, and a "My Program" section where each user can rate their personal fears and add future flights to prepare them for their next trip.


Heck, even Whoopi Goldberg used this course to overcome her fear of flying. To quote: "The program works, I was a skeptic. I hadn't flown in 13 years but after doing their program, I understood that while my fear was real, there were many things I didn't know or had misinformation about, which they were able to clear up. So what happened? I now fly. It's that simple."

Of course, you'll have to pay $4.99 for the app, but that's a small price to pay if it really gets you on a plane without being drugged up or dragged onboard.
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I wonder who will help Whoopi conquer her fear of flying, again, six months from now?

http://www.popcrunch.com/whoopi-goldberg-flying-fear-therapy-on-the-view-video/

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3vi1: Desensitization therapy works pretty well in treating anxiety disorders, one of the successes of the cognitive-rational model (in which the client is not only treated, but is taught to direct, his or her own therapy). But, yes, it does need to be repeated occasionally. So, if Whoopi sticks to the plan, she's cool. I just wonder why it couldn't help Wendell Urth break his fear of space travel.

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I'm happy to say  that Whoopi is doing just fine, (a year on from the original article)...

Just as a matter of clarification, the Virgin Flying Without Fear program (on which the App is based) does NOT use Desensitization (aka Face Your Fear) Therapy, and I encourage readers to check it out for themselves.

I'm occasionally asked to help out on The Virgin Flying Without Fear Days in the UK. On the last one we got over a hundred laughing and smiling people (who were previously terrified) in the air .

Many people are put off seeking treatment because all the common wisdom tells them that the only way to beat the fear is to face the fear.

That may have been true once but it certainly isn't now.

Just in case any readers have a fear of flying (and don't have an i-phone), our website has one of the internet's best resources for people with phobias.

They can go to the overcome fear of flying section of the website. They'll find articles and a free 9 part minicourse that explains just how simple it can be to overcome fear.

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if an app can cure a frar of flying something tells me it was not that big of a frar in the first place....

 

On another note it cant do flash.... ahahahahah

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