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  1. Cab says:

    Hey, Mr. Douchebag-Samurai —

    Congratulations on your book! I have this recurring nightmare about being chased through Harvard Yard by this asshole with a katana. Can your book help me overcome my fears?

    Let me know if your adventures ever bring you up to New Hampshire. I’ll gladly tag along 🙂 [Best adventures for me so far — getting bounced out of a raft into the Zambezi’s class 5 rapids & getting caught in an avalanche in Switzerland. And oh yeah — getting married at 36 & having a kid 2 yrs later. Now that’s fear.]

  2. Mark Stott says:

    Are you the Jeff Wise who wrote the article “Restoring the Power to Walk”? If you are, I would love to talk to you. We have designed a new cane, which is getting fantastic reviews from UNLV, UCLA, UofU and USC others which is decreasing patient’s fear-of-falling and instantly dramatically increasing the distance they can walk. We are talking to Home Shopping Network in the US and Japan and would like someone like yourselve to write an article about it. Would you be interested?

  3. Hey there Jeff, remember your trike lesson in the sky above Rodeo???

    I keep running afoul of the Law on my World-Wide book signing tour and now I have been ticketed by National Park rangers. It’s like they’ve never heard of First Amendment vending.

  4. F.C. Haas says:

    Dear Jeff,

    just came across your bloog because of the loveparade desaster we experienced in Germany some days ago with 21 dead young people and almost 350 casualties. It’s interesting to read your perception of someone with much more distance to this event. Most media, experts, … here are still very emotional and everything under investigation.

    I have not read your book yet, but would be happy to learn more from your researc etc. as I have clients in the risk and security consulting business, also with a special focus on mass and mega events from public, party up to demonstrations an riot control.

    Kind regards
    F.C. Haas

  5. Mark says:

    Hi Jeff,

    In reading your piece, “How the Brain Stops Time” on the Psychology Today site I was reminded of a quote by Sean Thompson, a prominent professional surfer from the 1970s who was quoted as saying, “time is expanded in the tube”.

    Small waves can be fun and playful but virtually every surfer has a high respect for the power of big waves. A cubic yard of water weighs about a ton. When surfing the Banzai Pipeline, for example, the wave where Sean Thompson earned his fame, the three foot thick lip of the wave’s tube contains literally hundreds of cubic yards of cascading water. Couple this with the always present danger of the shallow reef, which at times can be only knee deep and the perfect formula for fear exists.

    Yet, fear is something the surfer must push out of their mind so he can focus clearly on the wave’s ever-changing movement and match his speed and direction with every change while negotiating the spinning tube over-head. Within the context of this intense and highly charged experience, which lasts only a few seconds, the surfer’s brain makes hundreds of assessments and reassessments. His brain sends thousands of signals to his muscles to weight and unweight, turn and redirect, reacting in fractions of a second to the changing shape of the wave. After the ride is over the acute experience of those few seconds may seem like minutes as one recounts the number of vivid details the brain recorded in that short compressed space of time.


  6. michelle says:

    am a civilian, have a quiet life, but at 47 y o, and single and lonely etc. I feel that fear of close relationship , fear of rejection, mid life start to question where have I gone wrong, life has not turned out ‘relationship wise-emotionally’ the way I wanted it to be. a tablet to give me dutch courage that would be awesome. Mx

  7. leslie says:

    About 5 years ago, I was broadsided by another car that spun my car around so I was facing the opposite direction, luckily we werent going very fast, I was doing about 35mph and the car that hit me was turning so he was just accelerating from a stop. However, as the car was spinning, it seemed that I was spinning in slow motion. I experienced the slow motion at the time I was being spun. Not sure how that fits in with your theory.

  8. Jonathan Priest says:

    In response to the article in Psychology Today; How the Brain Stops Time, I tell you my story. I was the passenger on a motorcycle when the driver lost control and crashed. we were going approximately 40mph. I launched myself from the rear pegs and found that ‘time slowed down’. For me, this meant that I felt like I had the time to consider my alternatives. I had, it seemed to me, two choices as I flew like superman towards the street. The first choice was to take the impact first with my hands, and the second option was to tuck, roll, but to actually use the helmet as a buffer, hitting the ground with my head first. I realized that i was not wearing gloves and decided to take the latter option. After a blur of rolling, tumbling, and bouncing, I came to a stop, unscathed. an interesting point to note; time seemed to speed up at the moment that I made contact with the asphault.

  9. Justin Stone says:

    Quick question about the flaperon. If the plane landed in the water, emergency water ditching. Then the flaperon was damaged during the ditching, sat on the ocean floor and then broke free after being down there, floated to the surface and then was found. Wouldn’t that explain the barnacles covering it completely? And the time gap?

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Thinking About Fear & the Brain

If I find myself in a severe crisis, will I be able to keep it together? How can I control anxiety and panic? Is it possible to lead a life less bounded by fear? These are the sorts of questions that I'll be exploring in this blog, an offshoot of my book, Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger, published on December 8, 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan.

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