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Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway [Paperback]

Susan J. Jeffers
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9 Jan 1997
A book of advice on how to cope with fear of various kinds of experience, such as public speaking, self-assertion, decision-making, intimacy, being alone, ageing, losing a loved one, and ending a relationship.

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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 (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Jeffers, Ph.D. has helped millions of people throughout the world overcome their fears, heal their relationships, and move forward in life with confidence and love.

She is the author of many internationally renowned books including Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Feel the Fear...and Beyond, Feel the Fear Power Planner, The Little Book of Confidence and Embracing Uncertainty.

As well as being a best-selling author, Susan is a sought-after public speaker and has been a guest on many radio and television shows internationally. She lives with her husband, Mark Shelmerdine, in Los Angeles.

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"Accessible, with lots of exercises and information to dip into and apply to real situations. Life-changing stuff"--Spirit and Destiny

"Simple yet profound reasoning"--The Independent

"Like the title says, just go for it"--Elle

"Reading this book was a revelation. It's a wonderful book for life."--Julie Walters

"Susan Jeffers' classic and actually very level-headed mega-bestseller."--The Guardian

"Packed with insights as to why we feel the way we do and tools to improve your coping mechanisms"--The Sun

"The queen of self-help"--Daily Express --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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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364 of 378 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had read it 20 years ago! 19 Jan 2007
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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324 of 341 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent view on handling fear 12 Mar 2003
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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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177 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing read. 19 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This is the sort of book that friends recommend saying things like, "It changed my life!". This was how I came to read 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway'. I was at a very low ebb when a friend suggested I read it, and I will always be grateful to her. Since I read the book, I've recommended it to at least one other friend whose life has changed drastically as a result. I hope that it will change your life for the better too.
The basic message Susan Jeffers is putting across is that the big fear underlying all the little fears we have is 'I won't be able to handle it if ... happens'. She gently explores fears, and encourages you to accept that fear is OK, perfectly normal, and despite the fear, you CAN handle it! So often our fears prevent us from moving on but we can overcome them and learn to listen to our 'Higher Self', rather than that nagging, criticising little voice most of us have as a constant companion.
I first read it 6 months ago, but this is the sort of book that you keep picking up as life throws things at you. I only have to find the chapter that goes with my current situation and I can find the strength to deal with it.
There is so much in this book that a review can scarcely do it justice - I chose to write this review because I would like others to get the benefit from the book that I did.
After reading 'Feel the Fear...' I also read another book by Susan Jeffers, 'End the Struggle and Dance with Life'. I would say that the two complement each other perfectly, and have definitely lead me to a substantial change in my attitude to life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing. 24 Oct 1998
By A Customer
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This is a marvellous piece of work and should be on the national curriculum, it could save the NHS a fortune in counselling
Prepare to become a fully finctioning "grown up" for the first time.
Bravo Susan!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I was expecting.. 18 Nov 2007
Having read many self-help books over the years, this one kind of passed my by... maybe it was the title that seemed specifically to concentrate on fear etc, or maybe because I know it so popular.. Anyhow.. the book surprised me, it is far more a Self-reference bible with a wider compasss. By the time you are well into reading it, you are taken on a metaphysical journey into the realms of Abraham Hicks territory and Psychosynthesis, and introduced to concepts such as the Higher Self, the Law of Attraction, and letting the Universe guide you. This book seems to distill Jeffers life path as it was written in 1987, and is literally jam packed with nutritious wisdom, and very practical advise for changing your life around and becoming fulfilled. There was only one chapter called 'Just Nod Your Head - Say "Yes"' that did not quite gel as I believe intuition has to be balanced with intellectual caution - from personal experience! But this book is definately one of those primers if you want to learn to live your life the way you want.
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