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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rider & Co; New edition edition (9 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712671056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712671057
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.8 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Internationally renowned author Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., has helped millions of people all over the world to overcome their fears and heal the pain in their lives.

Her books have been published in over 100 countries and translated into over 36 languages. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is the book that launched her life-long career as one of the top self-help authors in the world.

For more information visit www.susanjeffers.com

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"Whether your fear relates to work or relationships you can learn to accept and push through it, rather than see it as a barrier to success" (Cosmopolitan) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Reading this book was a revelation. It's a wonderful book for life --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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394 of 411 people found the following review helpful By Dandi Hays on 19 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I had heard of this book often enough, but never read it. As they say when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear. If you are really struggling with your life this book will give you heart, if you have been working on yourself it will remind you of all that you have learnt and prompt you to keep it up. So what is it all about? Firstly, it points out that everybody gets fearful, but that some people rise to the challenges they face more positively than others and so succeed in their lives, while others just seem to shrink, becoming more and more overwhelmed by everything. This book shows you how to turn your thoughts around to the positive, to switch off your inner nag and just get on with life. It isn't corny, it isn't gimmicky, but it is truly uplifting and calming, and it works. Last night my dishwasher broke and rather than get into a stew about finding the time to get it repaired and the expense etc as I would have done I just remembered ' I'll handle it' and got it sorted. This is a fairly trivial example, but those of us who are prone to worry and anxiety, are easily overwound by the most mundane things, so it is so good to have some tools to get life into the right perspective.
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342 of 360 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Kjerulf VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is about the fears that we all have in our lives to some degree. Fear of failing. Fear of succeeding. Fear of decisions. Fear of aging, of loss or of helplessness.
The books basic premise is, that your aim should not be to get rid of your fears. You should feel your fear, but not let it stop you from doing things you really want to do.
The book describes three levels of fear. The first level is the actual event that you fear - say losing you job. The second level is the deeper fear, triggered by the first level - eg. rejection (if being fired would make you feel rejected). Beneath that on the third level there's only one fear: The fear that you won't be able to cope. If you knew in advance that you could take it, there would be nothing to be afraid of. So all fear reduces to fear of not being able to cope.
This is interesting, because this means that the best way to handle your fear, isn't to make your life safer - it's to increase your abilities, or your faith in your abilities. The more you know you can handle, the less reason there is to fear.
This point is illustrated with several stories of people who have diminished their lives time and again, to keep safe. This doesn't reduce fear, quite the contrary, these people lived in perpetual fear. When some catastrophic event interfered with their reduced existence (say the death of a spouse), some of these people found that they were forced to reconnect with life, and that they could cope. And this reduced their fear.
The book also emphasizes positivity as a way to reduce fear. The book argues that you need to constantly train your positive thinking, or you'll revert to negative thinking.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book many years ago when suffering from agoraphobia, it was quite a struggle to get through the book, because I have found in great times of stress, reading is the last thing on your mind. I struggled with bits and more bits and eventually began to realise that it was possible to face a very real fear and try to do something about it, instead of wallowing in self pity. I took the first step in the book, the daily affirmations and took all the advice in the pages that followed. Gradually it seeped in and I began small steps, suffice to say my agoraphobia has gone. The next challenge was the death of my husband, once again this book pulled me up and through. Then again this year the desertion by my beloved husband, and the rejection and self doubt and panic that follows. Once again this book enabled me to hang on in there and move house!!! something I was terrified of, but Ive done it!!!" Now Im going to France - YES ON MY OWN!! My thanks to Susan and her book, Ive got my sanity back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2013
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We all hear that phrase: ''A book that will change your life'' - well, Susan Jeffers' book really will do that, or at least help you enormously.

I have suffered badly from social anxiety and depression for over a year, and although I'm still not one hundred percent better, reading 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway' has helped me so much. I can honestly say that I have come on leaps and boundaries since taking on board what Susan has written.

It was recommended to me by my counselor, and it was such a comfort in itself to have a book like this on hand to refer to whenever I was experiencing my lowest moods. Although a lot of the advice here is basic common sense, my mind was in such a bad place that I wasn't thinking logically anymore, so it was great for me to finally be able to see the bigger picture again. The techniques are simple, but you have to do your own work. it is challenging at first but by practicing and taking little steps, and actually doing things for yourself - I have managed to overcome lots of different things.

This really is an excellent book, packed with wonderful techniques, it's very easy to read, with a good mix of understanding and humour. There is a big emphasis in training your mind to think positively about yourself, the situations you are in and what you may encounter, this is very important, you must believe in yourself, that's the bottom line. It was also great to read stories of other people who have conquered their fears and changed their lives around, it's very inspiring, and a good reminder that you're not the only one who has gone through it.

I am slowly recovering from my anxiety (brought on mainly by letting people get to me, but I certainly won't be allowing anyone to do that again), and it is largely due to this book.
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