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Make Yourself a Fear Friend

Life gets scary—especially when you're trying to, say, change careers, start a new relationship or just get through an awful doctor's visit. In expectation of such events, Anthony Gunn, PhD, author of Walk Tall: 100 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest, suggests we all make what he calls fear friends. "A fear friend will support but not rescue you when fear is present," he writes. Do let such a friend listen, encourage and support. Don't ask her to control the situation or tell you what to do. You may already have such a buddy, but giving her an official title will remind you that you are officially not in this overwhelming place alone.