Airport and Hotel Psychology

Many people don’t understand the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist. In layman’s terms, a psychologist is a qualified medical professional who consults with you over a period of time and may use a variety of modalities (Freudian, Jungian) to address your difficulty. A Psychiatrist on the other hand, is a qualified medical doctor who specializes in conditions of the mind and is able to scripts for prescription drugs, where a psychologist is not able to.

The psychology behind having a hotel conveniently situated close to an airport is obvious. People are by nature always seeking the easiest options, the shortest route to travel, the quickest way to complete a task etc. So having a hotel situated very close to an airport, taps into that psychology –  the psychology of convenience. For many business travelers in town for one night only, it makes perfect sense to stay as close to the airport as possible. Check in, attend a meeting, have dinner, return to the hotel for a nap and then fly out next morning. It keeps travel to a minimum and you avoid the worry of missing a flight because you’re caught in unexpected traffic. On the topic of psychology, traveling away from home continuously, always being away from family, spending a lot of time on one’s own can lead to depression. Depression can creep on slowly and often remain undiagnosed until it reaches a critical point of helplessness. Depression is not uncommon among business professional who are required to move from country to country, airport to airport and hotel to hotel through the course of the year whilst doing their jobs. These businessmen will often put down their lethargy and feelings of fear and anxiety to the stress that they endure as a result of the pressures the experience as a result of their work. They certainly would not be quick to consider a visit to a psychologist.

On one of my trips to Cape Town from Philadelphia, I started feeling uneasy on the plane already, I started feeling an immense anxiety that I could only imagine was the onset of a panic attack. On landing at Cape Town International Airport, I checked into the nearby hotel and immediately searched the Internet for a psychologist. I was desperate and in no shape to attend the meetings I had scheduled for the next four days. I scanned through the search results and settled on Dr Anita Prag, southern suburbs psychologist. Her website was decent and informative and had the testimonials from past clients that set my mind at ease. Never having been to see a psychologist before, and now doing so for the first time in a foreign country only seemed to add to my anxiety. I made my way Anita’s practice in Bergvliet in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. It was a warm and friendly setting and I began to feel that I had made the right decision in coming to see Dr Prag. I found Anita Prag to be a warm, down to earth person with whom I felt quite relaxed in relating my feelings of anxiety I had been experiencing over the past twenty four hours. Anita had a soothing yet reassuring manner that allowed me to open up without feeling embarrassed or awkward. We discussed my career, my work schedule, my medical history and any other personal issues that I was dealing with in my life. It’s incredible how just voicing your fears and concerns to another human being and bouncing some of the sometimes crazy assumptions you may have made, can help. Anita was very good in getting to the underlying cause of my anxiety, which by the way was completely unrelated to work. I really had not expected much from a one hour consultation with a psychologist in a foreign country. After leaving Anita’s southern suburbs psychologist practice, I felt a great deal better having been given a lot of insight into my anxiety and the underlying causes. I would thoroughly recommend anybody away from home, in Cape Town, that needs help, to go to Anita’s website at http://www.anitaprag.co.za/.

I think that as men, we often feel that talking about our feelings and god forbid, go and see a psychologist, shows weakness. We couldn’t be more wrong. We all need help from time to time.

Looking for Affordable Dentist near the Airport ?

There resident dentists in some of the luxury hotels in the proximity to Philadelphia’s airports as well as decent dental practices situated in walking distance to many of the others. There is nothing worse than suffering from chronic toothache when away from home, whether its for business or holiday travel. Toothache will bring even the toughest of the tough to their knees unless treated. Let’s face it, nobody like having to experience a tooth extraction or root canal even at the best of times! There are not many among us that really enjoy visits to the dentist. I get a queasy feeling in my stomach just thinking about the sound of the dentist’s drill. So, what on earth are we expected to do when travelling and we are suddenly hit with searing pain of a tooth that needs urgent attention ? Finding a dentist that you feel comfortable with and trust is the most important thing. It’s normally best if you can get a friend or family member, somebody whose opinion you trust, to refer you to a dentist that they can recommend. This is not always easy when you’re away from home. With the advent of the Internet and the ability to search online with a few clicks, there are ways and means to get pointed in the right direction provided you trust the website doing the referring. Just last week, one of my colleagues travelled to Cape Town International Airport and stayed at a nearby hotel. A day later she experienced debilitating toothache. After searching online she came across a few articles about claremont dentist, Dr Pramond Singh. There were many dentists to choose from but Tiffany, my colleague, liked what the articles had to say about Dr Singh and made an appointment to see him. Even though he was fully booked for that day and had no slots available, he arranged to see her during lunch hour after hearing that she was not from South Africa, away from home and in urgent need of a dentist.

Struggling with the pain and surviving on a diet of pain killers, Tiffany arranged for a taxi to take her from the Airport Hotel to Dr Singh’s practice in Belvedere Rd, Claremont. According to Tiffany her experience with Dr Singh was “world class”. It is not uncommon for travellers from first world countries like the United States of America to expect the worst from service providers in foreign countries. “Dr Singh was a most caring a gentle dentist. Not only did he go out of his way to accommodate me when his schedule was already fully booked, but he also treated me with the utmost care. It’s rare that you find a dentist capable of administering a local anesthetic by injection, without causing some pain. I was concerned that I may need to have the tooth extracted, but fortunately that was not the case. Dr Singh’s dental practice was equipped with all the latest dental equipment and technology. In fact, I think it was better equipped than my regular dentist’s surgery back home. If you are ever travelling in Cape Town and are looking for a dentist based in Claremont, look no further than Dr Pramond Singh. He truly is a world class dental surgeon capable of developing a good rapport almost instantly.

Normally our articles are about the quality of hotels, the amenities they offer, where to make reservations or the best car rental agencies close to the airport. It’s really not often that we write articles about dentists on our website, but Tiffany’s glowing review of Dr Singh deserved a mention.