Fear Itself: The Origin and Nature of the Powerful Emotion That Shapes Our Lives and Our World - Library Edition

Dozeir, Rush W., Jr.

Verlag: Blackstone Audiobooks, 2000
ISBN 10: 078619801X / ISBN 13: 9780786198016
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Inhaltsangabe: What is fear? Where does it come from? What purpose does it serve? Why are some fears universal when others vary from person to person and from culture to culture? In this fascinating book, Pulitzer-prize nominated science writer Rush Dozier, Jr. takes us on a thrilling journey through the brain science and everyday reality of this most human emotion. Fears mold the most mundane aspects of our existence and the very structure of our societies, reflecting in terrorism, violence, secret police, and distrust of outsiders. Yet it is fear itself that simultaneously pushes us to mature and fulfill our deepest human potential.

Review: Fear gets a bad rap. Which other emotion can keep us from being killed? Of course, such a powerful tool can be troublesome if it gets out of control, so it behooves us to at least try to understand it. Science writer Rush W. Dozier Jr. has examined the topic carefully and reported back with Fear Itself, a highly readable guide to the biology and psychology underlying fight and flight.

What is fear? Surely not just little parcels of adrenaline squeezed into our bloodstream. Dozier identifies three kinds: the primitive fear system, the rational fear system, and consciousness, which he believes developed primarily as a means for relatively defenseless hominids to handle dangerous situations. Describing these systems and their interactions using personal examples, stories from people in stressful situations, and scientific sources, he paints a picture of an invaluable system that is delicate and ripe for exploitation. (At one point, he lists the stories broadcast on an L.A. news program that seem to be designed only to provoke anxiety in viewers.) Suicide, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder all make appearances here, examples of fear gone awry. But it's not all bad; throughout the book, and especially in the last chapter, Dozier stresses fear's great value to us and suggests that by thoroughly integrating our three "systems" we might find ourselves happier, healthier, and even (when needed) heroic. --Rob Lightner

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Titel: Fear Itself: The Origin and Nature of the ...
Verlag: Blackstone Audiobooks
Erscheinungsdatum: 2000
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