If you follow my blog you know that I often write about fear—how it limits your personal growth blocking you from reaching full potential, and how to overcome it. So I jumped at the chance to read and review The Fear & Anxiety Solution by Friedemann Schaub, MD, PhD (Sounds True Publications, 2012).
Why is learning to deal with fear an important topic for purposeful growth? Dr. Schaub indicates that 20% of adults have anxiety disorder, which seems a very large percentage until I stop to think about the prevalence of fear and anxiety in our society.
Schaub lumps fear and anxiety together, using them interchangeably in his book. He goes on to say that one of the major reasons we are faced with fear and anxiety is that they often result from self-limiting beliefs—those beliefs we hold about self and the world which prevent us from becoming all we can be.
The Fear & Anxiety Solution: A Breakthrough Process for Healing and Empowerment with Your Subconscious Mind details Schaub’s process for working with his clients to heal their fears and anxieties. He states his process is different than others as he works with a person’s conscious, subconscious, and soul. His process takes advantage of our natural, inherent healing powers, with a focus on the subconscious as a key component.
Key Points to Consider
Dr. Schaub makes some excellent points throughout his book, one-liners that are insightful and thought-provoking, such as:
- Emotions determine our experiences.
- Fear and anxiety are not happening TO YOU, you’re creating them; therefore, you can un-create them.
- Limiting beliefs eventually become self-fulfilling prophecies.
- Fear and anxiety are just feelings your subconscious creates to reach your conscious.
- The source of most fears: Losing something of value, Losing control, Being powerless.
- The subconscious is your protector.
- Two roles of the subconscious: Avoid danger and pain, Seek opportunities for pleasure and happiness.
- Three causes of fear and anxiety: Inner conflicts within the subconscious, Suppressed stored emotions, Self-limiting beliefs.
- Core beliefs can be your most powerful resource or greatest obstacle.
- We’re always more than we think we are.
This is a very meaty book, filled with information sure to be useful to anyone seriously committed to living without fear and anxiety. Some of the chapters I found most interesting:
- Chapter five on setting goals is excellent.
- Ditto chapter six on eliminating negative self talk.
- Chapter seven material on resolving inner conflicts, with a six step process for reintegrating conflicting personas of the subconscious and for recognizing and resolving recurring patterns of fear and anxiety.
There is much, much, more to Dr. Schaub’s total solution to fear and anxiety. Not an easy book, but one well worth taking on. Dr. Schaub works with clients at his Seattle, WA office, and reminded me he works effectively with clients all over the world via phone and Skype. If you can afford and prefer person-to-person contact, working with him may be your most effective solution to fear and anxiety.
But for the rest of us unable to meet person-to-person with Dr. Schaub, the question I had was this: Can a book such as The Fear & Anxiety Solution help someone identify and resolve issues that show up in their lives as fear and anxiety? I emailed Dr. Schaub with that concern. Following is our exchange.
Interchange with Dr. Schaub
Jerry: Dr. Schaub, I’ve been reading The Fear and Anxiety Solution in preparation for my scheduled blog review on November 15th and have a lingering question I’d like you to address.
In reading the processes for uncovering and resolving the beliefs behind fear and anxiety, I’m struck by the feeling that this is an outstanding process which must be very helpful to many people in your professional practice. But the lingering question I have is can an individual successfully implement the solution simply by reading the book and following the detailed processes?
Do you have data that would give my readers the confidence that following your solution steps in the book, without the benefit of your personal interaction, can be successful?
Dr. Schaub: The processes described in this book have indeed helped many of my clients over the past decade to finally overcome fear and anxiety. I have found that working consciously with the subconscious mind is so effective that it takes an average of only 6 sessions for clients to achieve profound and lasting change.
When I meet with clients one-on-one, we spend some time working with the processes that are outlined in this book. For the readers we have made those processes available as an audio-program and in abbreviated versions as free downloads. In my practice individuals also receive regular homework between our sessions as a major part of the breakthrough program. While doing this homework, they implement the same techniques and tools described in the book.
Considering the additional guidance through recordings and the effectiveness of the homework, I am very confident that by going through the step-by-step program in The Fear and Anxiety Solution, individuals can gain fresh perspectives about fear and anxiety and establish new, empowering relationships with themselves.
I agree with you that a book does not necessarily replace the benefits of individual sessions. However, The Fear and Anxiety Solution comes very close and offers an effective and affordable alternative.
Jerry’s Conclusion: The free downloads Dr. Schaub references above are normally only offered to people after they subscribe to his newsletter. But Dr. Schaub has graciously provided that link to us in response to my concerns. With the added benefit of the free audios I recommend The Fear & Anxiety Solution. Isn’t it time you stopped living with the burdens of fear and anxiety?
Other recommended books I’ve reviewed which address the pain and suffering of fear and anxiety include:
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