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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Award-winning long-form journalist EvaHolland had always felt that her deepest fear was the death of a loved one. When her mother suddenly passes away, she’s sent spiraling into an odyssey of confronting fear itself. Along with investigating the science of fear, Holland uses herself as a test subject, jumping out of airplanes, rock climbing, anddelving into her fears of ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by The Experiment
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Erin
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been fascinated by the study of fear - how our brains react when we're afraid and how we can get past the things we're terrified by. Eva Holland's new book is an interesting take on this subject. The reader follows along on her journey to work on her own personal phobias (of heights, driving, the death of a loved one) as she simultaneously researches the science behind fear. I thought it was a brave choice for Holland to mine her own experiences for research topics, but I guess I ...more
Diane Hernandez
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Which comes first, the feeling of fear or the physical expression of it? Surprisingly, in Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear, the author presents scientific studies showing that the physical symptoms are interpreted by our brain into the feelings—rather than the other way around.

The author of this book uses current neurological and psychological theories to attempt to quiet her own phobias. Phobias are the “feared that need not be feared” or irrational fears. The author’s phobias are of
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Mandy Hazen
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My biggest fear is failure, and letting people down. I was really hoping this book would help me through some of those struggles and give me some exercises to help me. Instead, and please forgive me for being insensitive, but it really felt like the author was just complaining about their life and the results of fear that took place because of the occurrences in her life. Perhaps I misunderstood what the book was to be about.
Andrew Scholes
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insights into what causes us to be fearful of things in our lives. I have found that I have more fear physically since my MS has made me more unsure of my physical capabilities. Although I have fallen a significant number of times over the years, and I have had very little collateral damage, I am much more cautious than I used to be.
Cheri
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting personal look at fears and how to be more comfortable having them. I especially like the fact that the writer is not an expert. It made her experiences more relatable without the technical jargon.
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