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May 8, 1943

Victory Over Fear

JAMA. 1943;122(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840190071031

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"Some people hit upon the art of conquering fear early in life. Others never learn." Perhaps it is strange that man should have begun to learn about fear only in the past two generations. Yet every physician knows that anxiety, apprehension and restlessness are characteristics which frequently make or break the entire lives of many a man and woman. Dr. Dollard, who is a member of the staff of the Institute of Human Relations of Yale University, classifies seven deadly fears as basic; these are the fears of failure, sex, self defense, trusting others, thinking, speaking and being alone. One need not necessarily be equally afraid of all these at one time or perhaps of any one of them all the time; yet there is probably no human being who has not at one time or another had one of these fears in some proportion. For any one with ordinary

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