The Dance of Fear by Harriet Lerner

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Unhappiness, says bestselling author Harriet Lerner, is fueled by three key emotions: anxiety, fear, and shame. They are the uninvited guests in our lives. When tragedy or hardship hits, they may become our constant companions.

Anxiety can wash over us like a tidal wave or operate as a silent thrum under the surface of our daily lives. With stories that are sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking, Lerner takes us from "fear lite" to the most difficult lessons the universe sends us. We learn:

how a man was "cured in a day" of the fear of rejection -- and what we can learn from his story

how the author overcame her dread of public speaking when her worst fears were realized

how to deal with the fear of not being good enough, and with the shame of feeling essentially flawed and inadequate

how to stay calm and clear in an anxious, crazy workplace

how to manage fear and despair when life sends a crash course in illness, vulnerability, and loss

how "positive thinking" helps -- and harms

how to be our best and bravest selves, even when we are terrified and have internalized the shaming messages of others

No one signs up for anxiety, fear, and shame, but we can’t avoid them either. As we learn to respond to these three key emotions in new ways, we can live more fully in the present and move into the future with courage, clarity, humor, and hope. Fear and Other Uninvited Guests shows us how.

 

About Harriet Lerner

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Lerner, an internationally acclaimed expert on the psychology of women, is a staff psychologist and psychotherapist at the Menninger Clinic and a distinguished lecturer, consultant, and workshop leader. She was born in 1944 and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York. Godhor is a biologist educated at Barnard College and Yale University. HELEN OXENBURY is the world-class illustrator of dozens of beloved picture books, including Michael Rosen's "We're Going on a Bear Hunt, " Phyllis Root's "Big Momma Makes the World, " which won the "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Picture Book Award, ""and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The Dance of Fear is the book formerly known as Fear and Other Uninvited Guests.

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