In this latest work Think: The Foundation of Self-Awareness and Engagement, J. Ibeh Agbanyim, in collaboration with Raveen Arora, expands on the precepts of his previous works and addresses the idea of metacognition or mindfulness and the potential within all of us to affect the condition of our immediate social environments. By taking basic philosophical tenets ranging from the Book of James to DesCartes, and by expanding on psychological ideas such as Jung’s “shadow aspect,” Agbanyim and Arora attempt to show us ways in which we can eradicate our default triggers of unconscious biases and actually control our reactions in the moment. To think about how we think, and to recognize when we are slaves to preconception, are the keys to unlocking the door to a more tolerant and thoughtful universe. Holding up the belief systems of icons such as Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Agbanyim and Arora define our various forms of ignorance and guide us to a healthier state of awareness and tolerance. This book is a poignant introduction to the idea of mindfulness and an eloquent beginning for those seeking talking points on behavioral change for societal advancement.


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J. Ibeh Agbanyim’s book, The Five Principles of Collaboration is vital to those looking to accelerate their professional and personal success. By learning how to apply trust, respect, willingness, empowerment and effective communication, readers can fully expect to reap rewards at home, on the job and in social settings.

—Bob Proctor

Mr. Agbanyim brings the construct to life when he states ‘the optimistic act of working with one another encourages a life of gratitude.’ I recommend The Five Principles of Collaboration to corporate executives, managers, academic institutions, and anybody who likes to experience healthy human relationships.

Frank Shankwitz, founder, Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Importance of Wise Decisions has a great lesson for the reader starting with the title in J Ibeh Agbanyim's new book. Decision making simply is the process of deciding between different paths of possible courses of action. Buy the book, read it, and it will teach you the importance of making the right decisions.

—Don M. Green, Executive Director, Napoleon Hill Foundation

No person, project, or organization is an island unto themselves. All success is the result of effective collaboration. This book is a practical guide on how to collaborate, cooperate, and succeed.

—Jim Stovall, bestselling author of The Ultimate Gift

J. Ibeh's book entitled FEAR is an incredible contribution towards understanding the human condition. He points out that fear is a normal reaction in life and that destructive reactions must be harnessed and turned into constructive responses that can lead to both improved coping as well as facilitating important life lessons. J. Ibeh also points out that throughout life we have options when faced with fear. This is truly a must read book!

—Sam Sterk, Ph.D., CC-AASP Sport Psychologist and Hypnotherapist; author of WIN! Get the Mental Edge Skills in Martial Arts

Mr. Agbanyim’s text on fear is an intriguingly different approach to the construct of fear that may shift the paradigms of thinking on the topic. While I hold strong opinions against viewing fear as a positive emotion, I believe you will find this text worth exploring. It has the potential to contribute new imagination and information to the body of knowledge on fear.

Lloyd C. Williams, Ph. D., Ph. D., D. Min., Organizational Psychologist, CEO, The Institute for Transformative Thought and Learning, LLC

Fear is the fundamental instinct of every human being and the greatest fear of all is the fear of death. One of the first steps to living a fulfilled life is to conquer your own fears. Those who don’t, risk ruining their lives due to FEAR or ‘False Expectations Appearing Real.’ I applaud Mr. Agbanyim for taking on this tough subject and sharing his in-depth knowledge and inspiring stories. His book allows readers to recognize the ‘virus’ called fear within various aspects of daily life and also provides a constructive outlook of overcoming it.

Adil F. Dalal, CEO, Pinnacle Process Solutions International, LLC
Award-winning author of The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence and A Legacy Driven Life

Mr. Agbanyim's work uses the emotion of ||fear||, which usually can be a life destabilizing trait, and recharacterizes it for constructive purposes. His argument to use fear as a motivator to conquer the things that serve as an impediment to our lives is a unique and most positive approach to self improvement. His real world examples helped to easily illustrate his guiding points and his writing is clear and succinct. He writes, ||Fear is nothing except a state of mind because it is possible that we see our circumstances the way we are and not the way circumstances are||. This line cleanly sums up his thesis in a relatively few amount of words. Many have heard the command to ||conquer your fears||; Mr. Agbanyim gives us a model to do just that.

Garland H. Williams, PhD, COL (ret) Dean of Operations, Colleges of Humanities & Social Sciences, Vice President – Military Relations University of Phoenix

Think is a compelling journey of self-discovery. It takes readers into a new level of cognitive exploration that is guaranteed to produce positive results for anyone up for the challenge.

Dr. Rashida A. Jones, Psy. D, Licensed clinical psychologist, Behavioral Health Practitioner, Founder of Catalyst consulting Associates, LLC

Mr. Agbanyim’s text on fear is an intriguingly different approach to the construct of fear that may shift the paradigms of thinking on the topic. While I hold strong opinions against viewing fear as a positive emotion, I believe you will find this text worth exploring. It has the potential to contribute new imagination and information to the body of knowledge on fear.

Lloyd C. Williams, Ph. D., Ph. D., D. Min., Organizational Psychologist, CEO, The Institute for Transformative Thought and Learning, LLC

The author captures the very essence of being human, reinforcing the fact that there is always something that keeps even the emotionally strong, awake; obviously fear is one. How to manage fear varies from person to person in time and space; however, J. Ibeh has provided the relevant prescriptive tools for accomplishing that task. I strongly recommend this book to the many of us struggling to confront fear in all its manifestation, both known and unknown.

Prof. Phyl Amadi

Mr. Agbanyim unveils a new perspective on the subject of fear and turns conventional wisdom on its head. That is exactly what he does when he argues that an emotion as “negative” as fear has creative purposes. For instance, if fear of failure is the impetus that drives us toward success, then we lose nothing by being afraid, according to Mr. Agbanyim. Readers will undoubtedly gain much valuable insights from the pages of this book and the simple but matter-of-fact nuggets of wisdom that it conveys.

Professor Patience Akpan-Obong, PhD, Arizona State University

Mr. Agbanyim gave us a practical perspective on how to deal with one of the most difficult aspects of life—coping with fear. Fear can be an enemy and a stronghold that prevents us from attaining our individual goals or it can be a catalyst that strengthens us for future challenges. In reality, fear is not always a bad thing. God gave us the capacity to fear so we would not pet a tiger or fall off a tall building. As the author clearly states, fear becomes a negative in our lives when it prevents us from accomplishing personal objectives. The personal examples in this book help us to understand how an intangible like fear can be turned into tangible opportunities in your life. Take advantage of them.

Edward D’Avola, faculty member, University of Phoenix

This book is deeply insightful and carefully researched on the topic of fear. It addresses the very core of human nature. Life's greatest obstacle is how to overcome inherent fear. Mr. Agbanyim has, through examples and real-life stories, created a ready reckoner and has provided helpful insights to conquer fear. A must-read for every aspiring student, executive, and self-employed person.

Raveen Arora, International Consultant, Author, and Corporate Executive

For those in the substance abuse counseling profession, this book is a must-read! Although it is not geared specifically toward this population, it can absolutely be applied to patients with addictions. The information provided in this book will be extremely beneficial to therapists when treating their clients. Mr. Agbanyim did a wonderful job explaining fear and makes the topic extremely interesting! Everyone should read this book to learn more about their own fears and why fear is a necessary and productive part of life.

Lacey Rojas, substance abuse counselor

Fear affects everyone. How you use that fear will determine what success and impact you have on the world. If you let fear control you, achieving your goals becomes next to impossible. When you manage and control your fear, you are able to take action. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in making the most of their time, talents, and abilities.

Tom “too tall” Cunningham, Certified Napoleon Hill Foundation Instructor

My name is Wesley Miles. I am 31 years old and a member of the Gila Riva Indian Community. I read an article written by J. Ibeh Agbanyim and the article was about fear and the effects of power that it brings. What really caught my eye was the subject of constructive fear, and this type of fear can actually help push a person forward in that area of life. After reading it, I applied it to my life of getting back into shape and rediscovering my love for fitness and running. How I did this was planned my month of May and every day, while at work on my breaks and lunch, I did a-one mile run and a workout. Overtime, and with hard work, I got faster and stronger. The fear I had before was my health problems and depression that slowly affected me, but by using constructive fear, it helped me overcome the fear of failing. I am currently running 8 miles once a week and I have lost 10 pounds. I do intend to keep this habit and make it a lifestyle once again.

Wesley Miles

Every action good or bad is preceded by thought. Th e author in this book Th e Power of Engagement through personal experience, observation, research and applied science shows in a practical way what works, what doesn’t and why. If the tenets found in this book are applied, we would all have greater success and joy in our personal and working lives.

Wayne Davis; Student of life and working class hero sixty plus years and still counting

The Power of Engagement is an excellent book. I enjoyed it. It’s like a text book; you cannot just read it once through, you have to keep referring back to it as it applies to whatever situations arises.

Mary Ellen Manuel