Victory over fear


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Abstract

Reviews the book, Victory over fear by John Dollard (1942). The author of this book states that he is “talking to the large group of normal people who are already doing pretty well, thank you; who are running the race of life at a good clip, but would like to run it faster.” His gospel is the gospel of “self-study,” the major purpose of which is to dispel “shadow” fear while serving also to reorganize “real” fear. Self-study consists of introspecting the superficial aspects of one's personal conflicts, and of stopping the introspection as soon as one feels better or manages to make a decision. At this point, “shadow” fear is quelled and the beneficiary lives to fight another day, supposedly within the same frame-work of values as before, but no longer troubled by the lesser ghosts that prevented him from going after what he wants. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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