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Are we born with our fears or do we learn them? Why do our fears persist? What purpose does anxiety serve? How common are anxiety disorders, and which treatments are most effective? What's happening in our brain when we feel fear? This Very Short Introduction draws on the best scientific research to offer a highly accessible explanation of what anxiety is, why it is such a normal and vital part of our emotional life, and the key factors that cause it. Insights are drawn from psychology, neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, and clinical trials. Providing a fascinating illustration of the discussion are two interviews conducted specifically for the book, with the actor, writer, and director Michael Palin and former England football manager Graham Taylor.

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©2012 Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Fantastic concise overview of anxiety!

Wow. Far and away the best and most concise overview of the theory and practice (psychological and medical) around anxiety I have ever read. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in increasing their insight into how anxiety may have affected and be affecting their lives. And further to those interested in using improved understanding of anxiety to fuel reflection and introspection toward making positive life and behavioural changes.

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Helpful primer

this was a helpful overview of anxiety. it's a good starting point for delving into each individual issue at a deeper level.