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Chapter 12: Emotional Self-Control and Self-Perception: Feelings are the Solution, not the Problem
Emotional Self-Control and Self-Perception: Feelings are the Solution, not the Problem
Whenever I feel afraid,
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect I'm afraid.
The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people I fear
I fool myself as well
Make believe you're brave
And the trip will take you far
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are.
A typically fluffy, silly idea. Just the sort of thing one would expect to find in a popular tune. How could it be that pretending could make something come true? And yet, a ...