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My top ten fears

David Canter, psychology professor

By Elena Lappin   March 2004

10 Early morning anxiety. A very strongly Jewish tradition.

9 Public speaking. There is always the fear of being unable to read your notes. I have anxieties that the audience will find what I have to say incomprehensible or irrelevant.

8 Dishonest academics in my field. Criminal psychology, because it’s a sexy topic and is seen as having commercial potential, attracts a lot of nasty characters. I have the fear that these individuals will have more impact than they ought to have.

7 News. I remember asking a lecturer during the Cuban missile crisis: why are we bothering with…

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