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December 12, 2002
I’m flying today. This is not largely unfamiliar considering the 40,000 miles I’ve already flown this year. But every single time I fly, I go into worst-case scenario mode. That got me thinking today.

Why is it that the fear of dying in an accident (like a flight) hits people/me so much harder than does the fear of dying in something more pedestrian?

The statistics are clear: more likely to die in a car crash than a plane, etc. But statistics don’t change the emotional response.

Is it fear of flying masking itself as fear of death, or vice versa?