The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won't Work and What to Do Instead

The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won't Work and What to Do Instead

by Kristen Ulmer


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A revolutionary guide to acknowledging fear and developing the tools we need to build a healthy relationship with this confusing emotion—and use it as a positive force in our lives.

We all feel fear. Yet we are often taught to ignore it, overcome it, push past it. But to what benefit?  This is the essential question that guides Kristen Ulmer’s remarkable exploration of our most misunderstood emotion in The Art of Fear.

Once recognized as the best extreme skier in the world (an honor she held for twelve years), Ulmer knows fear well. In this conversation-changing book, she argues that fear is not here to cause us problems—and that in fact, the only true issue we face with fear is our misguided reaction to it (not the fear itself).

Rebuilding our experience with fear from the ground up, Ulmer starts by exploring why we’ve come to view it as a negative. From here, she unpacks fear and shows it to be just one of 10,000 voices that make up our reality, here to help us come alive alongside joy, love, and gratitude. Introducing a mindfulness tool called “Shift,” Ulmer teaches readers how to experience fear in a simpler, more authentic way, transforming our relationship with this emotion from that of a draining battle into one that’s in line with our true nature.

Influenced by Ulmer’s own complicated relationship with fear and her over 15 years as a mindset facilitator, The Art of Fear will reconstruct the way we react to and experience fear—empowering us to easily and permanently address the underlying cause of our fear-based problems, and setting us on course to live a happier, more expansive future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062423412
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 717,488
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kristen Ulmer is a facilitator who draws from her tenure as the best woman extreme skier in the world for twelve years and from thousands of hours facilitating clients on the subject of fear. Her work has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Outside magazine, and many other publications. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Table of Contents

Introduction Everything You Know About Fear Is Wrong ix

Part I Clarity

Chapter 1 Fear And The Human Experience 3

Chapter 2 Getting To Know Fear 17

Chapter 3 Run, But You Can't Get Away 45

Part II Dropping the Stick

Chapter 4 Your Cage 109

Chapter 5 Teacups 127

Part III Shift: The Game of 10,000 Wisdoms

Chapter 6 Picking Up The New Stick 141

Chapter 7 Listening To The Voices 161

Chapter 8 The Voice Of Fear 177

Part IV Honoring Fear

Chapter 9 Kissing The Dragon 197

Chapter 10 The Ultimate Motivator 235

Chapter 11 Lights And Shadows 259

Chapter 12 Going All The Way 271

Afterword One Last Conversation With Fear 293

Acknowledgments 297

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