Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool

Book - 2011
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Nerves make us bomb job interviews, first dates, and SATs. With a presentation looming at work, fear robs us of sleep for days. It paralyzes seasoned concert musicians and freezes rookie cops in tight situations. And yet not everyone cracks. Soldiers keep their heads in combat; firemen rush into burning buildings; unflappable trauma doctors juggle patient after patient. It's not that these people feel no fear; often, in fact, they're riddled with it.

In Nerve, Taylor Clark draws upon cutting-edge science and painstaking reporting to explore the very heart of panic and poise. Using a wide range of case studies, Clark overturns the popular myths about anxiety and fear to explain why some people thrive under pressure, while others falter-and how we can go forward with steadier nerves and increased confidence.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2011
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316042895
Characteristics: vii, 310 p


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Apr 18, 2018

Quite interesting, gripping at times, stories of people going through all kinds of stressful situations and how they dealt with it. Lots of practical tips on how to overcome fear and panic. The last chapter about how police, military, and other organizations have learned they must train their people is eye opening.

Feb 21, 2013

Some good ideas about how to react when stressed. I liked and am using the breathing technique. I read the whole book, but one could just read the first few chapters. The last half is examples of how experts-in-handling-danger performed.

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