“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” was a profound truth voiced by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his inaugural address confronting the national crisis of the Great Depression.

As psychologists and clinicians, we live day in and day out in the intrapsychic land of fear. Roosevelt’s speechwriter identified a sage truth regarding fear. Fear is there to protect us from an identified danger. But we cannot allow it to take us over and surrender to the prolonged cortisone secretions elicited by the neuro-chemical alarm mechanisms of the limbic system.

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