Look horror in the face

What are we afraid of and what can we do about it?
Fear–of change, of intimacy, of loss, of the unknown–has become a corrosive influence in modern life, eroding our ability to think clearly. Exploited for power by politicians and for money by the media, it has become embedded in the way we think about our lives. Overcoming our fear, says Gordon Livingston, constitutes the most difficult struggle we face.

Dr. Livingston, a psychiatrist, has increasingly found himself prescribing virtues like courage to his patients instead of tranquilizers or antidepressants. Now he tells us all what we need to do to develop personal virtues in the face of societal fear-and our own individual fears. And he does this with the crystalline prose and leavening wit that have made him an internationally bestselling author.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself.

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I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.

Look horror in the face

You must always do the things you say and they say you cannot do

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