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Athletes and coaches call it choking. In daily life, it might be considered missing nerve. Taylor Clark tells us what this means and why it happens in his new book, Nerve. Some crack and some don’t and Clark presents current research to tell us why and under what conditions this happens. The book is divided into two sections. The first deals with the neuroscience of fear, worry, and dealing chaos. The second considers how we might gain and keep our “cool” in day-to-day living. This was the most helpful section for me. The chapter on dealing with pressure and a second relating how astronaut Gordon Cooper managed to make it back to earth – alive – were the most personally interesting. Anyone who experiences anxiety and fear will gain deeper insight into the issue and will come away more confident. This is written in a very approachable, practical style even the uninitiated will appreciate. The reading of Rich Orlow is very good.
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This book is grounded in sceince, but has a nice balance of anecdotal stories to go along with it. The writing is accessible and the voice has a good sense of humor. Very enjoyable.
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