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The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing . . . and Love

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An epic adventure full of incredible characters, death-defying athletic achievement, and bleeding edge science, THE FEAR PROJECT began with one question: how can we overcome our fears to reach our full potential?

Who among us has not been paralyzed by fear? In The Fear Project, award-winning journalist and surfer Jaimal Yogis sets out to better understand fear-why does it s
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Rodale Books
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Jan 14, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
The Fear Project was truly a pleasure to read. Part personal story, part investigation into the phenomenon of fear, the book gives just enough of the former to keep it interesting and relatable and just enough of the latter to teach you a little something as you read. And even though Yogis frames much of the book through surfing, which he adores, it was the universality of fear that struck me: the mental processes surrounding it, the way it manifests, the patterns it drags us into. I’ve never be ...more
Joshunda Sanders
I've coincidentally been reading a lot about fear and fearlessness. I'm reviewing this book for Spirituality and Health magazine, so I'll say more specifically about this book later. There are some enlightening, thoughtful passages here, but the book is hard to describe. It's part memoir, part journalistic exploration of the psychological and biological roots of fear. Yogis is an avid surfer, so the surfing lingo is a little much. But the main takeaway seems to be that fear can be useful in mode ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Ginnie rated it it was amazing
I was a fan of Jaimal Yogis before reading this book, with his earlier book "Saltwater Buddha" being at the top of my favourites list. I enjoyed this one (though I have to admit I still like SWB better). The analogy of waves representing our fears is apt, and there was some interesting neuroscience bits, as well as some autobiographical elements, which make Jaimal's writing applicable to people living in the real world. It's a great read if you deal with anxiety (and most of us do to some extent ...more
Megan Elizabeth
Jan 03, 2013 Megan Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This album is a great soundtrack to which to read this book:

P. 67: "In almost all primate species -- and we are one -- there is a phenomenon scientists call voluntary dispersal or voluntary transfer. A monkey, usually around adolescence, will leave the safety of his or her clan and family to go and mate with a monkey from another area, a huge risk. The monkey must leave the familiarity and safety of the clan, travel alone, and expose itself to what may be
Peter Clothier
Jan 31, 2013 Peter Clothier rated it it was amazing
Jaimal Yogis is the kind of writer who is willing to plumb the depths of his own lived experience—and his own heart—for his material. I’m not surprised to find him quoting Michel de Montaigne , the granddaddy of this approach to writing that most engages and inspires me. It’s what I myself aspire to.

So from the very first Yogis’ new book, The Fear Project, took me back to my own experience in discovering how fear could affect my choices—and the direction of my life—without my even knowing it; an
Mar 16, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
I read Saltwater Buddha by this author and really enjoyed it so when I saw he was writing a new book on fear I was really looking forward to its release. I couldn't wait for the library and had to buy it. I was not disappointed. I appreciate the way this author can communicate complex concepts from neuroscience in easy to see metaphors. I liked how open the author was about his own personal fears and how he was able to diminish them to achieve the things he'd always wanted to do. I also love tha ...more
Jack Oughton
Jul 15, 2016 Jack Oughton rated it liked it
It's hard to live a life without fear when your brain has spent the last few million years using fear as a very effective survival mechanism.

So, embrace and use the fear instead.

See also: Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear :3
Johnee Schwartz
Feb 07, 2013 Johnee Schwartz rated it it was amazing
This was an incredibly accessible journey through the primal and contemporary aspects of fear. In a really smart structural move, Jaimal winds his research and analysis of fear through his own personal narrative. While with some authors this could get overly self-referential and boring, Jaimal is gracious with the reader and this really helps you identify with your own fear issues. There is also a really interesting Jungian sense to the book which I appreciated--fear is about somehow coming to g ...more
Laura Stone
May 08, 2013 Laura Stone rated it it was ok
This book was inconsistent. There were parts I thought were really fascinating, particularly the parts focused on meditation, neurobiology, and fear and anxiety as they relate to mental health and sports.

Everything else was superfluous to me. The author was very self-focused in writing this book and it was apparent; at times I felt like I was reading an autobiography. It was unclear how the subject material was directly related to fear. I'm sure it was tangentially (but really what can't be mad
Nov 29, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing
In Jaimal Yogis I found a kindred spirit. Although our personalities and material circumstances are quite different I felt that he speaks my language. Fear is a large factor in my life, something that I'm now learning how to find a solution to. I started surfing three years ago and as much as I love it I am afraid of big waves, to hear those same fears echoed by a world-class surfer helped me realize that my fears can be overcome and that with work and faith I can become the person that I can be ...more
Lisa Dubbels
Disclaimer: a client, so I'm biased.
Dec 01, 2013 Glenda rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. This one is really more of a 4.5 stars book for me. I picked it up on a whim (it was one shelf down at the library from the book I was looking for) but very glad I did, especially as it also includes big-wave surfing and Mavericks, two things I'm very much a fan of.

He does a great job of presenting why we may be afraid of certain things (nature versus learned sort of discussion), but also with a sense of humor. In facing his fears he says "I decide to start an activity much m
Igor Laray
Jan 11, 2016 Igor Laray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fear project

This is the second book by Mr yogis that I have read, and one again I finish the book deeply satisfied ! I really enjoyed the real life accounts and how Mr yogis weaves these seamlessly into his expose on fear. Additionally, I realize while I would usually not sit down and study neuroscience, Mr yogis provides a lens in which a layman like myself can better understand and relate to such topics. Thank you!
Mar 03, 2015 Kellie rated it liked it
I liked this book. Glad I read it. Probably won't read it again. It confirmed what I've read about emotion (especially faith and fear) through other sources that have more detail. That said one part was especially meaningful to me and spoke to me with a difficult trial I am facing at the moment. That section was worth the whole book to me :-)
Feb 19, 2013 Doreen rated it really liked it
** Given a copy from the author - Goodreads giveaway**
Thank you Mr. Yogis.

I have to admit that I sort of (ok maybe more than sort of) procrastinated starting this book. I was really excited when I read the description on the back of the book, then I started thinking, "what if it reads like a text book and I don't like it?" "The author was kind enough to share his work with me and I don't want to have to tell him I don't like it..."

The Fear Project, was a very goo
Jan 02, 2015 Vs rated it really liked it
Easy to read. Maybe have to read over again since it was earlier in the year and I didn't take notes. I do recall him interviewing surfers in the most treacherous of areas.
Mar 26, 2014 J rated it liked it
Read this book because was scared of fear really like reading this book felt some emotions with this book never felt that from a book.
Feb 24, 2013 Anne-marie rated it really liked it
I read this book after hearing the author speak on Public Radio--Cheers WPR!! Anyway,while I am sure you'll never find me catching a wave, I really was drawn by the author's desire to overcome his fears and the neurology behind them. He made many compelling observations that have helped me find ways to understand and conquer my fears. I've also utilized and shared some of the practices Yogis was introduced to in his search to free himself from his reptilian brain. This was an easy, but arresting ...more
Mar 10, 2016 Halleck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book will not disappoint you to say the least. I read this to try overcoming fear of big waves, but found myself understanding how to overcome that of practically anything else. It's not to become fearless, but to be okay with the scare and calm down soon after necessary shocks. From the in-depth studies of our fear biology to amazing stories and interviews with daredevil athletes, The Fear Project offers a clear understanding of how to cope with our often-problematic "ancient brain" in a m ...more
Rachel Wood
Dec 29, 2015 Rachel Wood rated it really liked it
Taisha Rucker
Mar 16, 2013 Taisha Rucker rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and accessible. Most importantly, it offers practical approaches for anyone serious about overcoming and conquering fear.

I read his first book, Salt Water Buddha, when it was released and stumbled upon an interview with him on Shrink Rap Radio about this book. I love that he incorporates his own stories of facing his fears in this. Nice balance to all the studies.
Mar 25, 2013 Kasey rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was so interesting to read how the brain works as it relates to fear, & how the different parts of the ancient & modern brain work together (or work against each other, as the case may be) & co-exist. Plus, Yogis personal experiences were fun to read about & easily applicable to personal situations.
Feb 24, 2013 Meg rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I found the science interesting, and I especially liked how he applied what he learned to his life. He's a storyteller with humility. His humanity shines through his right, and I liked him as a person. I'm inspired to apply what I learned in my own life, and I wish him and his family well.
Len Edgerly
May 14, 2013 Len Edgerly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiration
This is a simply fantastic book. It will help you overcome some fears. I loop back to it every few days to refresh my memory of how deeply it inspired me. I interviewed the author, Jaimal Yogis in episode 236 of The Kindle Chronicles.
Aug 10, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing

This was a very interesting read. A fun comparison to science and his life. His research was thorough and very applicable. He was thought provoking, funny, and intriguing. I really enjoyed this memoir/psychology book. A real honest look at fear. This would book a great book for a book club!
Michele A.
Jan 06, 2013 Michele A. rated it liked it
I won this book as part of a goodreads giveaway....I found it to be an okay book...not overly most of this type of book it reworks the same theory of moving forward evne in time of fear. If you are a surfer, I would reccommend it.
Tanja Berg
Rating 3.4* out 5. This is a perfectly readable book, mostly containing anecdotes from the author's own encounters with fear. The science here is a bit thin and does not really reveal anything I didn't know from before.
Aug 11, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
After reading so many glowing reviews, I was excited to read this. For some reason I just couldn't get through it! The book was inconsistent, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It just wasn't what I was looking for!
Kristin Spadafore
Apr 20, 2013 Kristin Spadafore rated it liked it
Eh, it started out well enough with actual scientific research regarding the subject but ended up with a love conquers all mushiness. Great, he finds love, gets married and has a kid. He conquers his fears. Get real.
May 18, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
I started a little skittish when reading the book but by the end I felt I had met a kindred spirit. Fear can be about riding big waves or asking someone to dance ! Well done Mr Yogis- surf's up !
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Jaimal Yogis is an author, journalist, and screenwriter. His first book, a best-selling coming-of-age memoir called Saltwater Buddha, was praised by The Times of London, The Age, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and selected as one of E!’s Best Summer Reads as well as one of’s 100 Essentials of all time. It has been translated into Spanish, Italian, German, and Finnish. A feature film bas ...more
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