If you are a flight attendant or a pilot, you know the feeling. Your body is in a constant state of over-reaction. The more you’ve got to process a stressful event, the longer it takes to recover. This is not a good feeling to have when trying to land your next flight.
While flight attendants, pilots, and other emergency service workers can react in a controlled fashion, it is vital for them to have a good control over their emotions. Many have no problem yelling, screaming, or swearing at the crew, but they are not able to control their emotions properly if they have no control over the situation. To control your emotions effectively, they need to use a variety of techniques, including self-talk, visualization, and mindfulness.
Flight attendants need to use this technique regularly because they are the first ones to be on the plane and are likely to be the first ones to have to deal with any situations that arise. They also need to know how to keep calm when things don’t go your way, but they also need to know how to react when things do go your way.
The next step is to develop a flight attendant’s mental and physical skills. You can do this by practicing in your own mind, or by watching your loved ones perform. Your own mental acrobatics can help your own ability to control your emotions, so consider doing a workout that will give you the confidence you need to be able to do this.
For example, you could go to a gym, and do high-altitude jumps that are longer and more dangerous than those normally done, like the ones that go up to an altitude of 20,000 feet. Or you could try doing them on a plane, where the risk of a plane crash is greater.
The problem with trying to control your emotions is that you can feel them without even realizing you have done so. In fact, this is what happens to the people who do extreme acts without even knowing what they are doing. They tend to feel powerful and in control all the time. People who are too emotionally fragile to do extreme things often become emotionally paralyzed.
There’s a famous study done in the late 1960s by a Japanese psychiatrist named Shizuo Iizuka. He gave people several different kinds of electric shocks, some of which they believed were real. Afterward he asked them to think of what each shock felt like. In most cases, they said it was like a physical pain, but in others it was like cold water.
This is a good thing. Most of us don’t feel good when we’re hit by a real shock. We only feel better when we don’t feel so bad. However, it’s also important to note that just being hit by a real shock can cause people to become emotionally paralyzed. The same study that found a greater willingness to accept a painless electric shock found that people whose shock was turned off were more likely to be paralyzed.
The study that found people to be more likely to accept a painful electric shock showed an interesting phenomenon. The more of us who had been hit by an electric shock, the more we had been hit. This means that whatever the cause of this particular emotional paralysis, it is not necessarily a good thing.
What if you were to have the nerve to hit someone when they were paralyzed? It wouldn’t be painless, but it would be less than a painless electric shock. Think about it, a real person could have a hard time standing up when you hit them in the back of the head with a gun.