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Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway Paperback – December 26, 2006
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Jeffers discusses the crippling effects of fear in her personal life and explains how she formulated a course of action for conquering it. Her answers are simple, her course of action difficult only because it requires courage. She explains how fear is based on the uncertainty of change and the lack of positive self image. She avoids psychological lingo, and includes many case studies about careers and changes in personal life both of which are beginning to cause anxiety in many teens. Her message is reassuring: choices are not opportunities to make mistakes, but valid paths to growth, whichever path we take. She addresses the fundamental cause of fear the belief that ``I can't handle it!'' Feel the Fear is an important book, for while some young people are more crippled by insecurity that others, many do believe that the path to adulthood is fraught with dangers. Fear is doubtlessly a handicap with which they must learn to cope. Jennifer John Reavis, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
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Based on a course taught at the New School for Social Research, this book offers readers a clear-cut plan for action that, when followed, should help them unlearn their misconceptions about of fear and replace them with attitudes of strength and conviction. By mixing positive thinking with situational exercises that examine basic fear responses, psychologist Jeffers shows that fear is what you make of it and that in most cases it is unfounded. She also illustrates key points through examining case studies, which show that when we are fearful, faulty thinking is most often the real culprit; when such thinking is corrected, the fear is gone. This book by no means offers a quick, fix-it course, as the author encourages return visits to the text when situations call for it. Recommended for general self-help collections. Robert L Jaquay, William K. Sanford Town Lib., Loudonville, N.Y.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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In spite of its title this book is not limited to phobias. In fact Jeffers mentions that she does not treat agoraphobia. The case examples she gives are of victims of mild but disabling degrees of social anxiety, marital maladjustment and worrying. She recommends that people seek therapists and support groups. She does not mention medication and does not deal with alcohol and drug use. There are a lot of do-it-yourself exercises. She does not give any evidence to support the effectiveness of these, but I don't think she needs to. You can try them and see. Some suspension of disbelief is called for. She does not use statistics or cite experimental work.
She recommends Norman Vincent Peale's "Power of Positive Thinking", Louise Hay's "You Can Heal Yourself" and Maxwell Maltz's "Psychocybernetics" as well as the works of Victor Frankl, Rollo May and Jung. Her theoretical basis comes at the end of the book and is quite interesting but is not essential to the usefulness of the book It is psychodynamic and somewhat Jungian. Jeffers divides the mind into a "higher self" and a "chatterbox" and we are supposed to be able to call on a "Universal Energy" to help us ignore the Chatterbox and get into touch with the Higher Self.
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For me, it re-enforced things I already knew about myself. It helped to hear it from another source though.