Topselling author Harriet Lerner is at her provocative best in this well-received examination of fear, anxiety, and shame, the three key emotions that she believes cause all unhappiness.
Using her wonderfully rich and inviting therapeutic voice, along with personal memories and examples drawn from her practice, Lerner gives fear and its accompanying negative emotions, anxiety and shame, their due.
Anxiety, fear and shame 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 heart-breaking, Lerner takes us from 'fear-lite' and mild anxiety to deep dread, shame and terror.
No-one signs up for anxiety, fear and shame, but we can't avoid them, either. The more we can look these emotions in the eye, with patience and curiosity, and the more we learn to spot their wisdom and mischief, the less grip they have on us. As we learn to respond to the three key emotions in new ways, we can live more fully in the present and move into the future with courage, clarity, humour and hope.