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The Fear Factor

How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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How the brains of psychopaths and heroes show that humans are wired to be good

At 14, Amber could boast of killing her guinea pig, threatening to burn down her home, and seducing men in exchange for gifts. She used the tools she had available to get what she wanted, like all children. But unlike other children, she didn't care about the damage she inflicted. A few miles away, Lenny Skutnik cared so much about others that he jumped into an ice-cold river to save a drowning woman. What is responsible for the extremes of generosity and cruelty humans are capable of? By putting psychopathic children and extreme altruists in an MRI, acclaimed psychologist Abigail Marsh found that the answer lies in how our brain responds to others' fear. While the brain's amygdala makes most of us hardwired for good, its variations can explain heroic and psychopathic behavior.

A path-breaking read, The Fear Factor is essential for anyone seeking to understand the heights and depths of human nature.

©2017 Abigail Marsh (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"You won't be able to put it down." (Daniel Gilbert, New York Times best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness)
"[It] reads like a thriller... One of the most mind-opening books I have read in years." (Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism)

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Great stuff!

One of those books that you will read more than once and discover things you somehow missed before...

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love this book

it's really hard to put down a good book but it's easier when you can hear it while you drive!