After watching the video, answer the following questions. If you felt unable to watch because you knew it would make you too anxious go directly to Question 5
1] While watching the video I:
(a) Had to stop before the end due to rising anxiety.
(b) Experienced great anxiety but watched the entire video.
(c) Felt slightly anxious throughout.
(d) Remained completely calm and relaxed.
2] While watching, I felt my anxiety rising:
(a) Within the first minute.
(b) After 1 or 2 minutes.
(c) Towards the end.
(d) At no time.
3] I experience some or all of the following – heart beating faster, mouth going dry, palms starting to sweat:
(a) From the start.
(b) As the aircraft taxied.
(c) When the plane took off.
(d) At no time.
4] Watching the video brought to mind:
(a) News stories about aircraft crashing.
(b) A scary flight I once had.
(c) Happy memories of holidays in the sun.
(d) No memories relating to previous flights.
5) When I think about having to take a flight I feel?
(a) Sick with dread.
(b) Mindful of the possible dangers.
(c) Mildly apprehensive at the prospect.
(d) A sense of pleasurable anticipation.
How to Score
Bear in mind a flight in the imagination, even when assisted by the sights and sounds of a video, will never generate the same levels of anxiety as an actual flight. Nevertheless, clinical experience suggests that a high level of anxiety when experiencing any potentially anxiety-arousing activity in the imagination suggests a similar response will arise in real life.
If you were unable to watch the video, add 12 points to your score from Q5.
There are 3 points for each (a); 2 for each (b); 1 for each (c) and 0 for each (d) response.
What Your Score Reveals.
0 – 3: You are unlikely to experience any great anxiety over flying.
4 – 7: You are mildly apprehensive about making a flight.
8 – 11: Fear is likely to spoil your enjoyment of any flight.
12 +: You have a fear of flying so intense it may stop you from ever doing so.
Any score above 8 suggests you might derive great benefit from my Fly Without Fear self-help programme.