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Rituals, OCD and a trip to Luxembourg: how my friend conquered one of his greatest fears

"When the plane touches down, John gives me a sweet smile. 'I’ve done it,' he says"

By Cathy Rentzenbrink   October 2019

Illustration by Kate Hazell

My friend John and I are on a mission: flying to Luxembourg and back in a day. For the first time in a couple of decades he is going to try to take a flight without doing the rituals that he believes keep him safe. “It’s very good of you,” he says at the airport, “to risk flying with me when I haven’t got my special pants on.” I tell him I’d do anything for him but, of course, I’m not scared. Intellectually, John also…

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