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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.
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The picture bellow is from our vacation with my girlfriend. I took couple of books with me and it just happens one of them to be "Feel the fear and do it anyway".For a long time I was trying and approaching my fears in different ways but this book finally gave me some guidelines in to how to deal with it .In sport we always set up goals and with new goals new fears come and new comfort zones need to be conquered.I am really grateful to have the chance to read such an amazing literature .Thanks to the author Susan Jeffers .
One last thing I want to share is an experience I had while hiking the "Gross Piton" in St.Lucia (the one from the picture).We were talking with our guide and asking questions about the history of the island and the story he shared with us really struck me .He said that when the spaniards came here first they couldn't take over the island because the local Indians were fighting very fearless. I ask him but how come they had guns and the locals were using sticks pretty much .And his answer was what shocked me .He said they didn't fear the guns because they didn't recognize them as a threat because they didn't know what guns are and jumped straight in front of them and fought . It's crazy how sometimes we make such a scary picture out of things because we anticipate the worse case scenario.What if only we didn't know what to expect and go back to that curious stage when we were curious kids and just jumped in front of the new challenges fearless ?
Now, with that said, what Susan Jeffers has to say in, "Feel The Fear...And Do It Anyway", isn't anything that's earth shattering or even new. Most of it is probably even things you may have thought yourself. However, the simplicity of what she says is delivered in a way that DOES make it fresh, new, and life changing.
I had been stuck in what a friend referred to as a "fur-lined rut" for well more than a decade. I knew I wanted to "unstick" myself, but just couldn't seem to make it happen. While reading through this the first time, I began putting the tenants into practice and began to see a change in my thinking first, and then in my actions next. I'm re-reading it again and the (positive!) changes keep flowing.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make some change in their life but is held back by fear. This book doesn't make the fear go away - but it does inspire you to do what you need to do anyway.
I'm very, very indecisive and it can be paralyzing to me and this book has helped me look at how to make decisions in a whole new light. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone so I won't go into detail, but it basically comes down to the fact that any decision you make with take you on a certain path and yield a different result. The focus is NOT on making a right or wrong choice, but deciding to make a decision and being confident with your choice. I HIGHLY recommend this book, it's wonderful and the writing style is natural and feels like your talking to a friend when you're reading it.
However, the rest of the book are anecdotal and far-fetched, no value to me. Some good suggestions are based on cognitive behavioral therapy. She writes as though those are her ideas, failing to credit cognitive behavioral therapy.
there are 15,597 results on amazon when the keyword "fear" is searched. This book is one of them. It fails to provide something that distinguishes from the other books on fear.
2 stars at best.