Popular author Taylor Clark draws on cutting-edge research in this enlightening exploration of stress—and how to tackle it constructively. Using such divergent examples as Russian sub commanders and game show contestants, Clark shows that most people experience stress the same way. Those who understand how to accept it without freezing can accomplish what needs to get done.
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Athletes and coaches call it choking. In daily life, it might be considered missing nerve. Taylor Clark tells us what this means and why it happens in his new book, Nerve. Some crack and some don’t and Clark presents current research to tell us why and under what conditions this happens. The book is divided into two sections. The first deals with the neuroscience of fear, worry, and dealing chaos. The second considers how we might gain and keep our “cool” in day-to-day living. This was the most helpful section for me. The chapter on dealing with pressure and a second relating how astronaut Gordon Cooper managed to make it back to earth – alive – were the most personally interesting. Anyone who experiences anxiety and fear will gain deeper insight into the issue and will come away more confident. This is written in a very approachable, practical style even the uninitiated will appreciate. The reading of Rich Orlow is very good.
This book is grounded in sceince, but has a nice balance of anecdotal stories to go along with it. The writing is accessible and the voice has a good sense of humor. Very enjoyable.
The author seamlessly integrates narrative story-telling with hard science and with personal experience. Very pleasing that the author avoids cliches in favor of thoughtful analysis.
The contrast between those who freeze under pressure and those who manage their fear to perform regardless.
I wanted a do-this-and-your-fears-will-be-cured. Alas, this is not what the book offers. Instead, the author delivers solid methods to channel fear (nerves) into creative rather than paralyzing effect.
Would recommend this audiobook to anyone who faces high-stress activities and has had a tendency to freeze (or flee) under pressure. The author clearly describes the mindset required to overcome these circumstances.
Control, Certainty, Calm
Understanding that we are all human - none of us are superheros. And, there are ways that we can better understand how our minds work that enable us to perform better under-pressure.
The author shares many stories regarding individuals succeeding in amazing situations. I could pick an astronaut, athlete or game show contest - all were fantastic stories that provided incite on how to handle certain extraordinary situations. I found myself enjoying the story of Zoe Keating. To me she was the closest example to someone who walks a typical life and who now manages better her anxiety to develop a career that is her calling. This one touched home. She is actually doing what she loves and not allowing anxiousness to derail her was very courageous.
Yes, but was unable to. The stories are interesting and because the book is written by a journalist it flowed better than a self-help book. Which it is and isn't because the author is not a psychologist or neurologist he is someone interested in the topic and wrote a book on it. There were times I was listening to stories in the book - especially about the game show contest - and found myself slowing the car down to make sure I didn't miss the ending. Very well done.
I coach at SJSU and know that these stories have helped me see my a players in a different light. It is entertaining and thought provoking - I stumbled on it and glad I had the nerve to listen to it.
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