I really don't mind descent or landing turbulence, and take-off & climb I can usually handle by thinking it's temporary, moving through it, etc. But, man altitude turbulence is what gets me...I start thinking we're stuck in it, possibly for the length of flight, or at least until the hand of the universe swats the plane into a free fall. I am irrational, inconsolable, and panicked--striking little bargains in my head, and trying to play time tricks with myself, eg: if the answer to the trivia Q is Aruba, then it will smooth out in a few minutes.
Once we start to descend, though, I am so relieved that I'm jumping up and down on the inside, and the same bumps felt at altitude don't freak me out anymore. Unless they are severe, which I've experienced a few times, or extreme which i encountered just once.
My question for discussion here is do any of you have this altitude-specific fear of turbulence? As we get closer and closer to the ground, the bumps bother me less and less.
Talk amongst yourselves