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

  • 9h 25m 6s
  • Taylor Clark
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2011

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.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. Your Second Brain: Exploring the New Science of Fear
  • 2. The Worry Trap: Eight Awful Ways (Plus a Few Good Ways) to Deal with Fear and Anxiety
  • 3. The Zen of Shock Trauma: Stress, Strain, and Coping with Chaos
  • 4. Think Fast: Cognition Under Pressure, and How to Improve It
  • 5. Before the Madding Crowd: Decoding the Mysteries of Performance Anxiety and Stage Fright
  • 6. The Clutch Paradox: Why Athletes Excel—or Choke—Under Fire
  • 7. Mayday, Mayday!: How We React, Think, and Survive When Our Lives Are on the Line