Facing Fear

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-27
  • Publisher: Borderland Books
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After the presidential campaign and election in 2004, Judith Strasser set out to investigate the nature of fear and its widespread use as a political campaign strategy. After flying to Seattle to conduct research for her study of political fear, Strasser returned home to a diagnosis of stomach cancer.Facing Feartraces Strasserrs"s attempt to understand the nature of fear and anxiety and to regain control of a life threatened by a fatal disease. Part memoir, part journalism, and all heart, her book explores our biological and psychological responses to fearful events, examines the culture of fear in which we live, and suggests ways in which we, both as individuals and as members of a community, can overcome our anxieties and face our fears with courage and hope.

Author Biography

Judith Strasser is the author of a memoir, Black Eye: Escaping a Marriage, Writing a Life, and two poetry collections: The Reason/Unreason Project, which won the Lewis-Clark Press Expedition Award, and Sand Island Succession: Poems of the Apostles. Judith writes about life and health on her blog, In Lieu of Speech (www.inlieuofspeech.blogspot.com). She was formerly a senior producer and interviewer for To the Best of Our Knowledge, a nationally syndicated public radio show. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9/11: Reason and Unreason
Making Sense of Fear
Terrorism 101
Responding to Terror
The Realm of Fear and Anxiety
The Goldmark Murders: The Politics of Paranoia
More Than a History Lesson
The Psychology of a Murderer
Setting the Stage for Murder: Political Fear in the Fifties
Guilt by Association
The Goldmark Libels
Suing the Fear-Mongers
Echoes of Libel, Echoes of Fear
Uncertain Futures, Mortal Fears
Facing Diagnosis and Death
Anxiety or Fear?
Cancer Concerns
Anxiety and Reason, Unreason and Fear
Confronting Fear
Clear and Present Danger?
Pine Cones and Almonds: What Happens When We're Afraid
The Physiology of Fear and Anxiety
What the Science Can Tell Us
The Role of
the Amygdala
Flight, Fight, or Freeze?
Phobias, Anxiety, and PostTraumatic Stress
PTSD: No End to the Fear
Coping with Fear and Anxiety
Training for Danger
Is Training Necessary?
Quelling Anxiety
Reevaluating Risk
A Question of Control
Reason or Unreason?
Weaving the Fabric of Fear: Economics, Media, Politics
Nuclear Nerves: Facing Apocalypse
Fear Sells: Economics and the Fear du jour
Communicating Fear: The Media's Role
Fear and Politics
Types of Political Fear: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Tocqueville
Hannah Arendt and Modern Political Fear
Weaving the Fabric of Fear: Biology, Psychology, and Risk
Why We're Vulnerable: Fear in the Face of Death
Assessing Risk: No-one's Fully Rational
What Is to Be Done?
The Courage to Live with Fear
Living with Fear: Denial, Reason, Security, Faith
Finding Courage in Community: The Lesson of San Joseacute
de Apartado
Courage, Community, and Revenge: The Escape from Sobibor. Communal Courage in the United States: The Civil Rights Movement Epilogue "Fears of Your Life"
Facing Metastasis
Why I'm Not Afraid
Living with Courage and Hope Guidelines for Coping with Fear and Anxiety Sources
Selected Bibliography
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“We are all going to die. The real question, the question basic to confronting our fears, is how are we going to live.”—from Facing Fear

Excerpted from Facing Fear, Finding Courage by Judith Strasser
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