Fear is the great unmentionable. We fear loss, bereavement, old age, death, rejection, failure. Most of all, we fear annihilation of the self. Yet all of this we keep to ourselves, afraid of being thought weak.
Denying our fear of self-destruction, around which our entire sense of self is built, can have profound effects upon ourselves and those around us in later life. It can lead to physical illness, like anorexia, or to mental problems, such as panic attacks, depression and schizophrenia.
It lies within our power to break this pattern, discovering greater happiness in our lives. In 'Beyond Fear', eminent psychologist Dorothy Rowe explains how to recognise the need for change and how to bring it about.