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Bestselling author Harriet Lerner is at her provocative best in this examination of fear as the key motivating force in our lives.

Often unrecognised, fear and shame drive our choices and attitudes in ways that most of us never figure out. As Lerner explains, fear is not an amorphous unknown to be transcended or overcome but an emotion to be recognized, explored, decoded and embraced. Once we befriend fear, it can actually help us achieve calm, clarity and fundamental peace.

Lerner teaches us the best ways to deal with fear: to expect, allow, and accept its presence in our lives, to mindfully observe and attend to how it feels in our bodies and, ultimately to own it. We can become experts on our personal triggers of anxiety, learning when fear signals real danger and when it's best to plough through it because it comes with the territory of making necessary changes. The very worst thing we can do in the face of fear is to run from it or try to avoid it. Fear is not something to be conquered or eliminated––or even tackled, for that matter. Instead, we need to pay close attention to the message it is trying to convey.

Using her wonderfully rich and inviting therapeutic voice along with personal memories and examples drawn from her practice, Lerner gives fear its due. We needn't let anxiety, fear, and shame silence our authentic voice, close our hearts to the different voices of others, or stop us from acting with dignity, integrity and brio. We need to harness fear and put it in service to our best selves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lerner has a genius for teaching us what we need to face and conquer. Her advice is gripping, enlightening, liberating, and immediately applicable.”

    Pepper Schwartz, PhD, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Powerful mind-medicine and a thoroughly enjoyable read.”

    Martha Beck, author of the bestselling Finding Your Own North Star

  • “A flat out life-changing book, shot through with freshness and life-affirming humor.”

    Betty Carter, MSW, Director Emerita, Family Institute of Westchester, NY

  • “Brilliant, completely authentic and hilariously funny. Lerner is the real deal. Her teachings on fear, anxiety, and shame are central to living a loving, happy, and creative life.”

    Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

  • “This spirit-lifting book leaves the reader braver, wiser, and laughing. Lerner is a master at looking clearly and unflinchingly at life’s most difficult emotions. Her writing is infused with humor, grace, and hope. Her advice is the best you will find.”

    Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author of Driven to Distraction

  • “To confront fears, Lerner suggests stepping back and taking responsibility, thoughtfully considering the issue and engaging rather than disconnecting with the surrounding world. Readers looking for a ‘quick fix’ will not find it here (Lerner purposely sidesteps any oversimplified solutions to conquering fear); rather, they will find a mindful and highly readable meditation.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author
Author Harriet Lerner

Harriet Lerner, PhD, is one of our nation’s most loved and respected relationship experts. Renowned for her work on the psychology of women and family relationships, she served as a staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic for more than two decades. A distinguished lecturer, workshop leader, and psychotherapist, she is the author of The Dance of Anger and other bestselling books. She is also, with her sister, an award-winning children's book writer. She and her husband are therapists in Lawrence, Kansas, and have two sons.