The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Thirty Truths About Fear and Courage

Book - 2012 | 1st Da Capo Press ed.
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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."

Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Lifelong c2012.
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed.
ISBN: 9780738215525
Branch Call Number: 158 LIVINGS
Characteristics: xix, 199 p. ; 19 cm.


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Feb 16, 2013

Thought-provoking. It's about moral courage and kindness from the perspective of a Vietnam vet who is now a psychiatrist. Very American in its examples, but I liked it, perhaps because I lived through the Vietnam period myself. He also makes an good case for thoughtful, non-religious morality.


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