- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (Dec 26 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345487421
- ISBN-13: 978-0345487421
- ASIN: 0345487427
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 90.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway (r): Dynamic Techniques for Turning Fear, Indecision, and Anger into Power, Action, and Love Paperback – Dec 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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Susan Jeffers was an American psychologist and author of Opening Our Hearts to Men and Dare to Connect.See all Product description
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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. I public speak regularly, I'm bolder in my dealings with people, I take financial and career risks, all with the confidence that I can handle whatever result may come of my actions. How do I know I can handle what comes my way? Because I've handled everything that's ever come my way in life. This book helped me realize that.
If you can take one or two lessons from a counselling book, it's worth a read. I promise, this one will give you many more than that!
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