Aerophobia - fear of flying - often means giving up plans, friendships, or maintaining physical ties, all because of the anxiety caused by both the flight and the preparation leading up to it. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Anxiety is an overreaction by the body to a potentially stressful situation, and it can be a physiological response that can be quite intense, and come to affect the actions of fearful flyers. If this includes you, here's why and here's how to manage it.
A half dozen examples of the 'emotion-management' techniques fearful flyers fall back on which might actually be hurting more than helping.