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Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway [Paperback]

Susan Jeffers
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April 12 1988
Dynamic and inspirational, FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY is filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into asssertiveness. Dr. Susan Jeffers, teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and reeducate your mind to think more positively. You will learn: the vital 10-Step Positive Thinking Process; how to risk a little every day; how to turn every decision into a "No-Lose" situation, and much more.

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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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! July 9 2003
This book set me free from false, self-imprisoning beliefs I didn't even know I had!
Dr. Jeffers talks about no-lose decisions. Either way you go, you win. You get "goodies," meaning the experience of life, either way. I had always thought that one had to agonize, think, pray, talk to people, get advice and finally make the absolutely right decision or else all would be lost. How freeing it is to realize I can't go wrong. I get to experience life in all it's fullness either way.
Another section of the book teaches us to make connections in at least nine areas of our life. So many of us connect with just our work, or with our mate, or with a child. When we lose our one and only connection, we are devastated. She teaches us to have and nurture connections in several areas. That way when we lose one, we are hurt, but we can still move on.
Finally, I always thought that when I felt fear it was a sign that perhaps I should back off. Dr. Jeffers teaches that if you're not feeling fear, you're not growing. Fear is just part of life. We all have an internal "chatterbox" that talks at us constantly and tells us all the reasons why we can't do something. Our job is to overcome the chatterbox and she effectively teaches us how to do so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed the way I look at challenges. Aug. 28 2012
By Sophie
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I see mixed reviews for this book but I credit the author for helping reshape my thinking. I read it at the age of 23. I had just quit a job in PR that had completely dominated my life for 2 years. I had a significant amount of cash in the bank, lived at home, was single and was essentially free from any responsibility. Family suggested I take some time off to date or travel, try living in another city, or buy a home here. Everyone kept telling me how I had the world in the palm of my hand, but I was completely frozen, depressed, and terrified to make any decision. My confidence was at a low, I felt like a failure and my friends had all but disappeared after years of choosing my job over them.

Then I read this book, suggested to me by one of my few remaining friends. It was a quick, simple read but you get the real impact by reading it a second, or third time. So many areas helped me reshape my thinking. Her question of "do you know someone in your life who think of as fearless?" resonated with me. Helping me understand that everyone feels fear and it's a person's interpretation of fear that makes all the difference, really hit home. Also encouraging me to view my life from a third person's point of view - like reading a book - really sprung me in to action. Taking away the expectation of a specific outcome to 'read on' motivated me to start dating... a lot! I detached myself from the outcome and just put things in to action. It was liberating, and I met an amazing guy (several actually, but one stuck:).

I'm now 31 and I use the lessons from this book, and Susan's book Embracing Uncertainty, everyday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars found a few things April 10 2014
By Sabrina
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I liked this book, it took a long time to read because I wasn't overly into reading. It changed the way I went about a break-up! I decided to be an adult about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! April 7 2014
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This is a good book for people who are looking to make a difference in their life but fear is holding them back. This book was exactly what I needed to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome Feb. 23 2014
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I like this book, it can improve my knowledge and clam me down. When I feel upset, I can find myself by reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it! Jan. 24 2014
By Adam
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I really wasn't expecting this book to be that great. Boy was I wrong. From the first few pages it gripped me and slapped some reality back into my perspective.
If you are hesitant on doing something - anything - in your life, then you NEED to get this book. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very influential book for me April 15 2013
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This book was really the first personal development book I read and although I barely remember its content I know that it's message is bang on. We live life in fear - and yet many of the things we fear are completely imaginary. You can't go wrong reading this book and applying its wisdom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful self-help book, for once July 15 2003
This book takes a common-sense approach to fear. I read it about seven years ago, and have found some of its ideas and concepts very helpful:

- Fear doesn't go away until you do what you fear. If you're afraid to place an important phone call, the only way to lose that fear is to go ahead and call.
- There's no such thing as people who are afraid to fly, but people who refuse to board a plane. Many who fear flying board planes all the time - they don't let an unreasonable fear control their lives.
- To avoid debilitating fear in any area we should make sure our lives are well-rounded. Her 'grid' is very useful in this.
- Making a decision will always involve giving something up, i.e. what you would have gained if you had made another or the opposite decision.
Jeffers also urges us to lighten up, and for a society of drama queens that's sound advice!
Worth reading if you're plagued by self-doubts and are feeling unhappy with your decisions.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time
I have just read " Feel the fear and do it anyway " and honestly speaking I regretted the time I wasted on it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by med
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This book has something that anyone needing help in this area can relate to. It is simple yet powerful, and there is no wonder in my mind why it's a best seller.
Published on Dec 26 2010 by K. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally Irrelevant
This book has nothing to do with fears. The title is totally irrlevant to the subject. If you are suffering from fear, anxiete and or panic attack, this book won't help you at... Read more
Published on March 27 2010 by Chantal Tremblay
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Advice That You Can Relate To
I must admit I have been reading this book for about 3 months now. That is my only complaint. It's easy to put down and not pick up again but once you do you can completely relate... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2009 by Glenn Simon Inc
2.0 out of 5 stars Boilerplate self-help platitudes
I had high hopes for this book, based on the reviews by readers. The premise of the book is very good: accept your fears, learn to deal with them effectively and they will no... Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2008 by Teeklow Mangiola
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Truths
A great book, overall. I can understand others complaints of it being a little bit simplistic, but sometimes our greatest problems are based on simplistic thinking. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2008 by Poetkitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Faced My Fear
I was fired from my job, which was my greatest fear. A friend told me about Feel the Fear, it has really helped me deal with my thoughts about what to do with my life after being... Read more
Published on July 8 2004
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