The Thing You Think You Cannot Do
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 aboutMore »
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.As the celebrated novelist Mark Helprin has said of Dr. Livingston: "To read him is to trust him and to learn, for his life has been touched by fire, and his motives are absolutely pure."« Less
thirty truths about fear and courage
Fear is the death of reason
Matters of the heart (or of state) that begin with a lie rarely end well
You have never suffered enough
Sometimes courage is hoping against hope
Old age is the revenge of the ugly
In life beyond high school, no one give you credit for effort
Fear lurks behind perfectionism
Courage is not a feeling; it is a habit
Beware of ideas on which we all agree
There is no humor in heaven
Determination in the pursuit of folly is the indulgence of fools
Courage can be taught only by example
Nothing prepares us for the terrible risk of intimacy
Life is not a rehearsal
Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it
Punishment and revenge are the favored responses of fearful people
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage
Cowardice is the incapacity to love anything but oneself
Honesty is a prerequisite for courage
Fear springs from ignorance
It is pointless to fear the past
There are wounds that doctors cannot reach, that gratitude cannot heal
Courage is required to bear the unbearable
Ignorance can be remedied; stupidity has no cure
Heroism is sometimes stubbornness in the face of adversity
Life is not a spectator sport
One of the greatest risks is to be honest with ourselves
At the heart of anger is sadness
The quest for courage is a journey within.
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