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.
Introduction: The Closest Call
PART ONE: THE NERVOUS TRINITY
PART TWO: THE ELEMENTS OF COOL
Conclusion: How to Be Afraid
Fear and anxiety aren't villains we must vanquish but benign forces we can accept and live with. Nerve presents a slew of practical tips to relate better with our fears, stresses and worry-laden minds. Here are three...
Do You Have Tiger Blood? What it takes to keep cool under pressure, by Taylor Clark, March 3, 2011, Slate Magazine.
It's Not the Job Market: The three real reasons why Americans are more anxious than ever before, by Taylor Clark, Jan. 31, 2011, Slate Magazine.
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