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on May 18, 2012
I really wanted to like this book because fears are the major blockage in life. However, the authors promised way more they can deliver with the contents. That is not to mention the insulting tone towards other therapists and patients in long-term therapy.
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on September 23, 2012
(Review posted per friend's request - from Martial artist)

Check this out for yourself but there is a bit of blatant marking in this book. It takes 4 chapters (about 100 pages) of self-promotion, anecdotes and promises before the authors finally get to the "be fearless" program.

Forget about all the labeling of the exercises- all they do is to point out that most (if not all) fears are anything but factual and avoidance of fears won't help. That's not bad but not groundbreaking, either. The book technically ends at page 247 since the "Special Bonus section" is reuse of Alpert's columns in book form.

What rubs me the wrong way is the comments about therapy and other therapists. He criticizes long-term therapy, ridicules the question that is often asked by therapists "how does that make you feel". Ok- that question may not be necessary for the group of clients that Alpert sees (i.e. people who know and can articulate how they feel, what they want- be it a new career, finding a life partner, delivering a toast in a wedding etc..). But making a vast generalization about therapy based on God-know how many clients he sees in his Manhattan practice is just flat-out ignorant.

I hope next time Alpert opens his mouth commenting on therapy he thinks a bit broader and keeps in mind the fact that there are people, such as those who return from combat zones, those who are war survivors, those who were abused as kids, etc... who seek therapy NOT for venting and more importantly need something different from "advice " or structure plan!
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on July 18, 2012
I am a list lover and like self-help books that are practical. But this book overdid it. Too many lists that readers are asked to make. Not helpful!
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on August 23, 2012
This book is so poorly written. I regret buying it without reading reviews. It's full of sophomoric arguments. Can't help but wonder whether the editor even read it and read it in the right state of mind. The 5 step plan is same ole idea that have been written by countless number of author before. Alpert is such a fear mongering therapist. One thing I learned from reading this book is that having license to practice something doesn't make someone ethical.
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on May 17, 2012
The book started off with rather baseless claims about his "paradoxical", "counterintuitive" yet effective therapy approach. However as you read on, it doesn't offer any thing concrete or thoughtful.
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on July 3, 2012
This book overreached. Some fears are deeper rooted than others so suggesting that one 4-week program works for all kinds of fears, from fear of public speaking/delivering a toast in a wedding to fears of failure and judgment etc, simply doesn't make sense. The 5 step program contains many exerices. I appreciate the author's practical approach but it felt as though these exercises were hastily thrown togther. There's some missing link that brings all the steps together.
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on July 23, 2012
there are a few practical tips here and there but one has to sift through a lot of irrelevant, self-touting stuff to get them. I wouldn't recommend this book. Instead, I'd recommend "The tools:transform your problems into coverage, confidence and creativy". "The tools" was also published this season but is much better written, well-researched and based on years of professional experience in psychotherapy of Michels and Stuts.
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on August 1, 2012
Who cares about your pathetic teenage years, and your loathing of your profession? People pay for the contents of the book, you'd better deliver something. Instead you waste readers time with your venting about your frustration with therapy and other therapists?

Ok, I know this sounds mean. But what I just wrote is the type of arguements Alpert used to insult the entire field of therapy and other therapists. And this type of criticism is widespead in this drivel. Poor contents aside, it's poorly written and redundant. I can't even count how many times the authors repeat the phrase "the difference between the fearful and the fearless is not the absence of fears...". It also seems like the only way he knows how to make his points is either to compare with other therapists or insult them.

I'm done with this- now the second hand book store next door can have it for FREE!
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on June 29, 2012
Please don't let the dramatic title make a fool of you. This is just one of the practical self-help books. It is simply written. It has some exercises that help bring fears to the concsious level. But for readers who have some introspection and are motivated enough to seek self-improvement books, most of the tips aren't very new. The workbook format of the exercises made the book fluffy than what it actually contained.
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on July 30, 2012
Whoever reviewed this book proposal must have fallen victim to the media trap. Just because someone appeared on local TV stations saying 1 or 2 sentences on puppy cam (yes!), Tiger Woods cheating etc.. doesn't mean he's an "expert" or can write a book. The contents of this claptrap proves this. Alpert says that he's "disgusted" with his profession, he's like no other therapists and he finds himself "continually injecting his opinions, offering advice and creating action plans" for clients. "Unique"? My chatty barber may as well claim herself to be a psychotherapist since she does all of that all the times during our haircut/chat.

Wonder what Alpert's "action plan" looks like, here's one for someone who wants to land their dream job:
1. Define your dream job
2. Surround yourself with people who can help you achieve your dream job
3. Don't reinvent the wheel
4. Interview someone who has this dream job
5.Network, network, network
6. Do an internship or shadow someone at a company you like
7. Apply, even if company doesn't have any job listing.

And more - this is "BIG"- advice for "fear of change".
1. Accept that long-term benefit comes with a cost
2. Keep the long-term pay off in mind
3. Once a day visualize yourself what you want...

The rest of the stuff are with similar level of "depth".
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