Mental stability while paragliding is of critical importance. Maintaining mental stability is essential for engaging in any activity like paragliding or extreme sport where panic, loss of self control, or anything similar can lead to injury or death. People do not think about task saturation but it can happen. How will you respond when you are in the air? It's worth thinking about. Those who have had military experience will have had the mental training necessary. Most people have the necessary mental stability to paraglide.
If you typically panic, freeze up or get disoriented easily, powered paragliding is probably not for you. This sport has many dangers and requires steady nerves to do it safely. The good news is that most people can overcome their natural anxiety/fear of heights enough to fly safely and enjoy this awesome sport. New pilots must be patient with themselves and not rush training. It may takes several flights before you can really enjoy the freedom of flying like a bird.
Read through this entire section if you are interested in training. As a USPPA certified School, Apex Powered Paragliding, LLC operates in accordance with all Safety Guidelines and all USPPA Standards. Training is never a waste of time nor money. Ask someone that has tried to self train themselves.