An epic adventure full of incredible characters, death-defying athletic achievement, and bleeding edge science, The Fear Project began with one question: how can we overcome our fears to reach our full potential? Who among us has not been paralyzed by fear? In The Fear Project, award-winning journalist and surfer Jaimal Yogis sets out to better understand fear - why does it so often dominate our lives, what makes it tick, and is there even a way to use it to our advantage? In the process, he plunges listeners into great white shark-infested waters, brings them along to surf 40-foot waves in the dead of winter, and gives them access to some of the world's best neuroscience labs, psychologists, and extreme athletes. In this entertaining, often laugh-out-loud narrative, Yogis also treats himself like a guinea pig for all of his research, pushing his own fears repeatedly to the limits - in his sport, in his life, and in love. Ultimately, Yogis shares with his listeners the best strategies to emerge triumphant from even the most paralyzing of fears. The Fear Project gives listeners insight into the following: How fear evolved in the human brain; How to tell the difference between "good fear" and "bad fear"; How to use the latest neuroscience to transform fear memories; Why fear spreads between us and how to counteract fearful "group think"; How to turn fear into a performance enhancer - athletically and at work; In pursuing this terrifying - and often thrilling - journey with Yogis, we learn how to move through fear and unlock a sense of renewed possibility and a more rewarding life.
©2013 Jaimal Yogis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Yes. We all have fears, but from very different things, with which we deal very differently. This book helped me understand a lot about the mechanics of a feeling we never get educated about, but that permeates every decision we make, from whether you ever want to skydive to whether you'll ask the hottest girl you know out or settle for an okay girl who's already into you. I think that after listening to this, I may have learned that I want a lot of things i was keeping away from because of fear, and how working towards confronting those fears, instead of avoiding then, may lead me to enjoying life a whole lot more.
Probably the doc. Damn cool guy.
Low, mumbly, jumbled.
His son's birth.
The book is great, but the narration is a mixed bag. There are a lot of personal experiences in it, which make the fact that the author is the one narrating them great. But throught the book, Yogis prioritizes gravity instead of clarity in his reading, frequently dropping his voice to a mumble, and not just for dramatic emphasys - this happens when explaining relatively simple concepts too. Couple this with his sometimes jumbled speech, and I had to rewind A LOT in order to understand many points, a couple of which I eventually gave up on.
Share more real-life/real-world experiences
It drones on in a monotone of ibid/obsit selections from a library of other people's research and experiences
Face your fears and deal with them head-on
The book is a largely a compilation of other people's work and less about the author's real-life experiences. It is more of a forensic chemistry tutorial than the inspirational book I hoped it to be.
The Fear Project is participatory journalism that is insightful and heartfelt. The book is well researched without being overly academic, and deeply personal without losing its broader applicability. Yogis narration is spot on, the perfect compliment to his book.
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