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Fear weakens our mind. It diminishes our ability to involve ourselves completely in our work and personal lives. It remains as a constant voice in the back of our mind, a negative voice that acts as a hindrance to our daily life. Overcoming irrational fear of a particular thing, or phobia as it is called, is in our own hands.
The book Phobia Relief by Kalliope Barlis is a simple guide for people with phobias. The author is a trainer in a technique called 'Neuro-Linguistic Programming' or NLP co-created by Dr. Richard Bandler as a form of psychotherapy. In the book, she has explained ways to overcome phobia by using our imagination and mental faculty.
The author explains that our brain is adaptable to new changes. She says, 'we can weaken old thoughts in the brain and build new pathways of thought to create a new structure of life within us that ultimately manifests in our life around us.' She has given some exercises at the end of a few chapters in the book which can be done to overcome phobia. For that, we will have to guide our mind through thinking, which acts as a hologram in the brain, according to the author.
Unlike many self-help books which tend to be lengthy, scholarly and fail to resonate with the reader, this book is simple, understandable by anyone and is easy to follow at home, in our comfort space. There are no errors and editing of this concise book is very good. The author has given some interesting cases of people ridding themselves of phobia as examples for NLP. She has also elucidated on the psychology of feelings and fear with very good case studies.
However, I will give the book only 4 out of 5 stars because the exercises given in the book need some imagination and didn't seem to be persuasive enough for me. Still, I recommend the book as other people may find it useful to overcome their phobias.
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