"Fear" by J. Ibeh Agbanyim is a very easy to read book packed with references to case studies and research to demonstrate that while fear in many people paralyzes, disempowers or sets them off in a negative direction, fear is in fact an integral part of the human experience that can be and ought to be approached in a constructive and beneficial way.
The writing is good, simple, to the point, logical and deals with reality not theory. Quoting from different people, studies and real life examples, the author focuses on how those who approach fear constructively are able to motivate themselves to success where others succumb to negativity and then fail.
Whilst the book is not 'religious,' the author does use Scripture to point out some significant themes, for example, that Jesus himself experienced real and genuine fear. As a general observation the author points out that our feelings depend on our beliefs, and that if our beliefs are positive then our feelings tend to be positive.
Some issues discussed include instances of people being raped and murdered in front of witnesses who stood by and did nothing because they let fear control them; of students whose academic performance while much lower than many others, were the ones to finally graduate because they had what it took to succeed -- a right attitude; of the effects upon LGBT community members when they dispensed with their fear of rejection.
There is a lot in this simply presented book to commend it, and a lot for each and every one of us to consider. It's all about putting 'fear' into perspective and making choices rather than letting fear make them for us.
J. Ibeh Agbanyim has his master's degree in general psychology with an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology. He is currently attending Grand Canyon University, Arizona, for his doctorate degree in industrial and organizational psychology. Agbanyim is currently a Mesa, Arizona resident and professionally working as an industrial psychology consultant.
by J. Ibeh Agbanyim
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