Organization and Structure
There are some important points to be made about the learning and application of this material. First, I have presented the lessons in the same order that they are taught in the class at General Mitchell Airport. The learning of each lesson has consequences for the mindset of the fearful flier as he or she proceeds through the material. Lesson One sets the stage for Lesson Two, and so forth. Second, there is one “resistance” that you will encounter throughout this material. I call it the Am I cured yet? resistance. Operationally, this refers to the learner judging the material for either its “helpfulness” or “relevance” to his or her particular form of the fear of flying. To manage this resistance, I encourage the learner to learn each lesson in its entirety, reserving judgment of the material in its application in the flight environment. Once learned, the lessons in the book will be used as needed by the fearful flier once he or she is in the flight environment. This resistance is also addressed in the manner in which the goals are presented: to first achieve the “Freedom to Fly,” and then achieve the “Freedom from Fear.”
Third, the appendices are an integral part of this program. Appendix A provides important outcome data and information on the financial impact of mastering the fear of flying. Appendix B was written in recognition of my first 25 years of work with fearful fliers. It provides important examples of the application and consequences of the material in the body of the book. It also highlights and reviews the treatment concepts of “Active Relaxation,” “Therapeutic Learning,” and “Toxic Perception.” Next: Therapeutic 

Michael P. Tomaro, Ph.D.

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