Opening Versus Closing Strategies in Controlling One’s Responses to Experience

  • Michael Rosenbaum
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


A 60-year-old woman living in Tel Aviv suffered from fear of flying. When asked what she was afraid of she said that she was afraid of the commotion that would occur on the plane in case she would faint. She was also afraid that emergency medical treatment would not be available on the plane when she would need it. She knew that her fear was not rational because only once in her life had she fainted and all the medical tests indicated that she was in very good health. She was able to fly only on short flights (up to four hours) but avoided longer flights. She asked for therapy because she wanted to fly from Tel Aviv to California to see her newly born grandchild who resided in San Francisco.


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  • Michael Rosenbaum
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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