Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger [NOOK Book]

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Ever since the phrase “fight or flight” was coined in the 1920s, the common understanding has been that the mind respond to danger in one of two ways – either fleeing in blind panic, or fighting through it. But as scientists unlock the secrets of the human brain, a more complex understanding of the fear response has emerged. It turns out that the ancient brain circuitry wired to process fear is also intricately tied to our ability to master new skills, and that the icy sensation of terror can actually enhance ...

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Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger

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Ever since the phrase “fight or flight” was coined in the 1920s, the common understanding has been that the mind respond to danger in one of two ways – either fleeing in blind panic, or fighting through it. But as scientists unlock the secrets of the human brain, a more complex understanding of the fear response has emerged. It turns out that the ancient brain circuitry wired to process fear is also intricately tied to our ability to master new skills, and that the icy sensation of terror can actually enhance both our physical and our mental performance. Veteran science journalist Jeff Wise, who writes the “I’ll Try Anything” column for Popular Mechanics, journeys into the heart of the primal force to find its hidden roots: Where does panic come from? How is it that some people can perform masterfully under pressure? How can we live a more courageous life?

Reporting from the front lines of science, Wise takes us into labs where scientists are learning how we make decisions when confronted with physical peril, how time is perceived when the mind is on high alert, and how willpower succeeds or fails in controlling fear. Along the way, he illuminates the science with riveting stories of true-life danger and survival. We watch a woman defend herself from a mountain lion attack in a remote canyon; we witness couple desperately fighting to beat back an encircling wildfire; we see a pilot struggle to maintain control of his plane as its wing begins to detach. Full of amazing characters and cutting-edge science, Extreme Fear is an original and absorbing look at how we can raise the limits of human potential.


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“Wise is a good writer and his anecdotes are arresting…His message is hopeful: fear can be tamed.”—New Scientist

Extreme Fear is a correlate of extreme risk – either that, or you just don’t understand the situation. Wise provides a fascinating account of how, with luck, it can be conquered by experience and self-discipline.”—BBC Focus Magazine

“'Extreme Fear' is extremely good, extremely important, and extremely well-written. It's a perfect example of what the human brain is best at: slowing time and motion to a crawl so we can find the 'structure of chaos,' as author Jeff Wise so aptly puts it. Wise zeroes in on that most mysterious of human emotions — panic — and makes us a witness to our own brains, beautifully deconstructing what happens when logic shuts down and instinct takes over. Through Wise, we get to experience what it’s like to be a 25-year-old woman facing a cougar; a stunned student in the midst of the Virginia Tech massacre; a physician who has to remove his own appendix at the South Pole; and a police officer who’s suddenly plunged into insanity after an argument with a stripper in the Club Kalua. But the best part of Wise’s wonderful book is his demonstration that fear, like any other powerful force, can be turned to your advantage — IF you understand it.”–Christopher McDougall, author of the New York Times bestselling Born to Run: The Rise of Ultra-running and the Super-athlete Tribe

"This book is like an adrenaline rush—thrilling, and stimulating activity in many parts of your brain—and you will most likely find yourself occasionally pausing to set it down and take a deep breath. If you want to know exactly why this is probably a good thing to do, you can do no better than to heed Jeff Wise, who, when it comes to deconstructing the mechanisms of fear, is scary smart."—Robert Sullivan, author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants

 

“Intelligent and textured. Jeff Wise smartly uncoils the science behind fear, and profoundly plumbs the obsession, the possession, and the struggle against the brevity of life." — Richard Bangs, author of Quest for the Kasbah, and producer/ host of the PBS series, Adventures with Purpose.

 

"Jeff Wise has a knack both for gripping accounts of real adventure and an impressive understanding of cutting-edge science."—Robert Young Pelton, author of The World's Most Dangerous Places

 

“In Extreme Fear, Wise dissects this most basic emotion with an engaging mix of the latest science and stories of perseverance and survival under the most challenging conditions. Written in an accessible prose, this book is both enlightening and fascinating, no matter what your background or expertise, and is a must-read for anyone interested in human behavior.”—Jason P. Kring Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Human Factors and Systems, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and President of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230101807
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Series: MacSci
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 200,617
  • File size: 666 KB

Meet the Author


Jeff Wise is a science writer, outdoor adventurer and pilot of airplanes and gliders. He is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics, Travel + Leisure, Outside’s GO, and Fortune Small Business. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Details, Popular Science, National Geographic Adventure, and many others. In the course of his journalism career he has surfed in Alaska, scuba dived the South China Sea, piloted a WWII fighter plane, and mushed a dog team in Montana. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents


The Mystery of Fear * FEAR IS A PARALLEL MIND * The Person That Fear Makes You * Superhuman * Losing It * THE STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL * The Structure of Chaos * Fear Itself * In Love and War * “One of The Biggest Chokers of All Time” * The Eyes of Others * COUNTERATTACK * Force of Will * Steeling Yourself * Hanging On * Mastery * A New Conception of Courage * Notes on the Sources * Bibliography

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