Tom Bunn, licensed therapist, author, regular contributor to Psychology Today, and a former U.S. Air Force captain who flew the Air Force’s first supersonic jet fighter, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Tom talks about his incredibly effective method for lowering anxiety, stopping panic attacks, and getting over the fear of claustrophobic places. Tom shares his unique perspective as a former Air Force pilot and later as an airline pilot who was able to help countless passengers fly without fear and how he developed a very effective approach to conquering your fears. If you’re wondering how to use your mind to get past anxiety, end panic attacks, and remove any bit of claustrophobia you may have, check this episode out now!
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In our episode we go over:
- Tom’s experience in the Air Force and flying the first supersonic jet fighter
- What he learned about fear and panic attacks from flying
- How he came up with his system for helping other people get over their fears
- The fact that planes are some of the safest places to travel in and how they almost never crash
- The power of the hormone oxytocin and why it’s the key to beating your fears
- Summoning up good memories and what this does physiologically
- Linking good memories, one after the other and how this shifts your brain from a worried brain to a happy brain
- How to link your good memories to produce good chemicals like oxytocin
- Why preparing for an event beforehand is the secret to having the success when it happens
- Unconscious procedural memory and how this works
- Training your mind to know what to do automatically in a high-stress situation
- Desensitization and whether or not this is effective
- Activating your parasympathetic nervous system
- Why the memory and feeling of nourishing a child is one of the most powerful memories you can have
- Summoning up other powerful memories like having great sex
- The similarities between Tom’s technique and NLP
- The success rate of approximately 80% that Tom has and why he feels that this number could go up to close to 100% if given enough time
- The power of the mind and what it’s truly capable of
- How to overcome anxiety, panic, and claustrophobia for good
- Tom’s final message for anxiety and panic sufferers
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