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“SOAR is more than a program of effective exercises to treat fear of flying. SOAR provides a relevant and understandable explanation of how the nervous system—as it works outside of awareness to protect us—overreacts and puts us into a state of anxiety when flying. SOAR provides the toolkit to educate the part of the brain that is below consciousness and involved in regulating anxiety to more accurately evaluate risk related to flying.”  —Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation 

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Captain Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. worked on the first Fear of Flying program at Pan Am and founded SOAR in 1982. He is a licensed therapist, and lives with his wife Marie.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762788003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762788002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the program that changed my life ! Excellent research and professional practice by Captain Tom Bunn, pilot and psychotherapist (who else can claim that ?) has resulted in an easy to understand method for retraining your brain. Unlike some phobias, fear of flying can be a compilation of multiple fears and anxieties. A comprehensive treatment approach is the best way to go on this one. I had not flown for 12 years and before that had flown with terror and severe panic attacks. No pleasure was to be had. I missed out on so many important experiences. Last month I took my first flight and was elated with the result. No Panic Attacks !! I successfully navigated the whole experience using everything I had learned and practiced. I can't wait to fly again. The strengthening exercise is a powerful tool. This wonderful book has all the information that the course has and refutes every argument you have about why it won't work for you. If Neuroscience, Aerodynamics and Psychology got married and had a child, it would be named, "Freedom to Fly" and you can thank Captain Tom Bunn for walking them down the aisle !
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I am a really nervous flyer. I've been known to cry when there is turbulence and just flat out avoid trips if it means I need to get on an airplane. I couldn't avoid it forever though and in preparation I read this book. It had so many good reviews so I figured it couldn't hurt. It's not a miracle, I still hate to fly and I still hate turbulence, but I didn't cry once even during extremely bumpy flights. While I could see the relaxation techniques helping some people, for me it was just the sheer education of it. I especially appreciated how the author states flat out that turbulence is not dangerous, not a problem, that pilots don't understand our fear of it, that flight crews wouldn't show up to work if it was dangerous, etc. You can also download an app that is free, though the videos within it are not, and it has neat features like a meter to measure turbulence amounts, summaries of the info such as turbulence safety that are good for calming yourself quickly, etc. I shook my phone around at home a few times and saw how much force is needed to really get the meter up there but i did not use the meter during the flight. It made me nervous to do so in case I saw a reading that I didn't want to see. I still don't want to fly if I can help it but I didn't panic during my layover and cry in a bathroom either.
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Ever since my wife and I had a new baby, I developed a serious aversion to flying. As a younger man, I used to travel for work and probably racked up close to 400k miles flying back and forth across the country (with little to no anxiety). Recently though, I would start to feel pre-flight anxiety 3 or 4 days before a flight and had pretty close to a panic attack when we flew for the first time with the new baby. In lieu of finding a therapist, I'd thought I'd give this book a shot. I can not recommend it enough. You have to commit to working through the exercises, but once you do, I think you'll find it to be tremendously helpful. I still get some pre-flight jitters, but with each flight it seems to be getting better. I've found that working through the exercises again a few days prior to flying to be helpful as well.

I was very near the point of seriously cutting back on flying and/or resorting to some sort of drug to knock me out. This book was a life-saver.
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I am a nurse practitioner and have had to fly frequently for work - including lecturing. I never had a problem till about 10 years ago and when I got to the airport, just as I was to board, I froze up and could not board. I was terrified - I kept thinking of the flight to France that crashed and the PA schoolchildren that died. My inability to fly that day caused difficulty with the lecturing bureau I was signed with because I left them without a lecturer for 6 sold out programs and they threatened to sue. As you can see - this fear definitely interfered with my life but I just could not get on the plane. I did not fly again until I came across SOAR.

SOAR not only has me flying with out any fear - I actually look forward to flying and am completely relaxed. But (as the commercials say) there is more. I found that the principles used in the videos and the book also are applicable to other aspects of my life. I have also SOARED in my profession - in a corporate world. I have been promoted twice and am considered calm under pressure. I learned not to just react, but to think things through, investigate in my mind before speaking, ask questions, and that has proven to be helpful in all walks of my life.

So - Tom Bunn has not only helped get me back in the air - he has helped me to reach more of my full potential. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a fear of flying AND to anyone who wants to apply the same principles to other aspects of there life. Thank you Tom!!
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This book, and the SOAR program including counseling with Capt. Tom as well as his weekly chat and newsletters, has enabled me to fly again. It had been ten years since I last flew. Ten years of long drives on vacations, of anxiety filled thoughts of flying, making excuses and then feeling bad for not being able to suck it up and do it, that ended with a successful trip ACROSS THE COUNTRY! FOUR flights! TEN hours total in the air! I love that this book is based in science of how the brain works. You are basically tricking your brain into being OK with flying. I still had what is called anticipatory anxiety, which you will read about, but after meeting each of the captains and practicing the Strengthening Exercises that you will read about in the book, I was so calm. I never thought I would fly again; I thought I would be the one person who would not be able to fly ever again, but I did, even through some turbulence.

This is the real deal, people. If you want to get over being afraid to get on a plane, read this book and check out his website. I believe in this book so much that I have bought several other copies to give to friends and relatives!!
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