Nerve by Taylor Clark
Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool

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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.
 

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Taylor Clark is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Dartmouth College and a Pacific Northwest native, he has written for GQ, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other publications.
 
Published March 6, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 302 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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He first looks at neurological studies of the brain, which provide insight into how it can be trained to distinguish between real and apparent threats and deal with crisis situations by repeatedly evoking fear and working through it.

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Why, in a world where we have created secure buffers against our worst fears, are so many of us so anxious?

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A lively, eye-opening read, Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool features fascinating research on fear, anxiety and stress, as well as compelling stories from people who have faced intensely challenging situations.

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(The left and right hemispheres of our brains, Clark notes, "carry their own almond shaped amygdala, each situated about an inch and a half straight in from the temples," but together they comprise one system, so are referred to in the singular.) Clark's account of how fear works starts with a s...

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