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Fear And Courage
Are some people naturally brave? Can people be trained to be courageous? Can fears be acquired indirectly? Why is fear sometimes out of all proportion to the actual danger? When and why do fears return? What is panic, and how can it be prevented? In this edition, S.J. Rachman examines the nature of fear and courage in light of recent studies on the varieties of fear, how f ...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by W.H. Freeman & Company
(first published January 1st 1978)
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While the book is now quite outdated (1978), Rachman was a respected researcher in the psychology of fear and courage, so his points of view are useful. The two chapters on courage in combat in the Second World War are a good summary of what was known about these subjects at that time. His review of the fundamental research done at that time shows how this was the foundation of all the work that has come afterwards.
Surprisingly insightful given its date of publish. I found the initial chapters, though in retrospect seems common sense, to be quite enlightening. The postulation that self confidence can be used as a shield against fear, I find, will be very useful in terms of its application with rehabing patients, who's ailments are not limited to psychological roots.