The motivation and fears of flight

Date of publication: June 15, 1967

Author: Ferenc Schuch


I am going to report to you on some of the central results of a multi-country psychological study on flight motivation and behaviour. Since it turned out that the phenomenon of fear plays one of the most important and, if I may say, also the most fascinating role in flight motivation and behaviour, we decided to choose this as the main topic of my paper, even more so, because the fear of flight is, unfortunately, one of those too axiomatic and obvious things which therefore are treated rather superficially by both researchers and advertising people. The fear of flying is, we can decidedly state it, no unitary trait but an utmost complex psycho-physiological and socio-psychological structure.

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