The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing . . . and Love

The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing . . . and Love

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by Jaimal Yogis
     
 

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This provocative, entertaining story follows Yogis as he navigated his own fears, from the monsters under his childhood bed to his personal quest to surf bigger and more difficult waves, culminating in northern California Mavericks-huge, crushing (and sometimes deadly) waves in the dead of winter. The Fear Project explores the complicated spectrum of why weSee more details below

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This provocative, entertaining story follows Yogis as he navigated his own fears, from the monsters under his childhood bed to his personal quest to surf bigger and more difficult waves, culminating in northern California Mavericks-huge, crushing (and sometimes deadly) waves in the dead of winter. The Fear Project explores the complicated spectrum of why we feel afraid: fear of loss, fear of not being good enough, fear of being alone, fear of being trapped in the wrong job, fear of not being able to realize our dreams, fear of pain, and ultimately, fear of our own mortality.

Yogis embarks on a memorable journey as he seeks answers from neuroscientists, meditation teachers, psychologists, and elite athletes. As he learns how to identify and overcome his own fears, he shares the secret to unlocking a sense of renewed possibility and a more rewarding life.

The Fear Project is a captivating look at the age-old lesson that by recognizing our fears and embracing them-instead of running away-we can harness fear's powerful energy to find true happiness and fulfillment.

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A mix of autobiography and research comprises this exploration of what we fear and how we fear it. Journalist and photographer Yogis (Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer's Quest to Find Zen on the Sea, 2009) shares an anecdote about his childhood, telling how he loved doing math as a child until a failed test somehow instilled a "fear memory" so deep inside him that he has avoided math as much as possible ever since. Understanding fear--how the split-second instinctual reaction trumps cognitively understanding the risks involved and how to ameliorate the fear afterward--led Yogis to embark on what he refers to as "an obsession" with exploring a subject not often discussed. This obsession led him to experience firsthand some common fear-inducing situations, as well as personal fear-trigger circumstances, to take a closer look at his responses and learn more about universal responses. Yogis relates scientific research as naturally as a conversation with a friend--often, the book reads as though it was transcribed rather than written. The author fluidly links discussions of frontal lobes, the modern adaptations of fight or flight and negativity bias with his own experiences--e.g., his foray into some of the most dangerous surfing conditions in the world. Yogis pulls these unusually fear-inducing situations in some surprising directions. Not all of the adventures lead to insights for readers, but most will enjoy the trip nonetheless.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609611767
Publisher:
Rodale
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
331,668
File size:
1 MB

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