Doochin begins (in his preface) explaining that a book about fear will help you see that there is a permanent way out of fear and that this book will give you tools to understand where your fear comes from. It may also give you the insight to see potential “gifts” that can come from a crisis.

Whereas he admits that some fear is good and helpful and a natural instinct that can keep us safe, the fear of Doochin’s premise comes from within and attaches our identity to something false. He claims that this is why we cannot abolish our fears by simply changing our circumstances. He does, though reiterate that everything in this world is connected. Finding our part in that connection is crucial to controlling how we react to the world around us.


A Book on Fear: Feeling Safe in a Challenging World addresses what in society causes us to fear and then guides us to how we can safely eliminate that fear in our lives. One of these elements is our conception of happiness and success. Doochin dares us to “change our definition of success to how kind we are, how much light we put in the world, how emotionally healthy our children are, our overall level of joy, or how fulfilled we are in whatever we do to earn an income?”  – A Book on Fear: Feeling Safe in a Challenging World, Doochin, pg 21. 

Doochin explains how we have given power over our fears to governments, the medical establishment, religion, and individuals and groups within our own circles. He encourages us to recognize how we’ve relinquished control of our fears to others and to take back that control.

Doochin’s in-depth explanation of how quantum physics plays a part in controlling our emotions—fear specifically—is informative and offers a new look at the potential power we have. He makes his point in a scientific and practical way.

A Book on Fear: Feeling Safe in a Challenging World challenges us to really take our thoughts captive and gives us tools that we may not be aware of. Doochin enforces the concept of mind over matter, at least as far as our emotions are concerned, and having done that we may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change how our circumstances affect us.


After each chapter, Doochin includes a main takeaway and encourages the reader to explore their own thought processes. He also includes some wonderful quotations, mostly from Eastern wisdom that will move the reader to a more meditative attitude.

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – a Chinese proverb.

A Book on Fear: Feeling Safe in a Challenging World is filled with good information that is useful to everyone and should be read, studied, and remembered so when those moments of calamity hit, and they most certainly will, we will have the tools to handle our fears and eliminate negative self-talk.

Dianne Gardner