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A compelling personal journey into not only facing but understanding and conquering fear. In 2015, Eva Holland was forced to confront her greatest fear when her mother unexpectedly had a stroke and suddenly passed away. After the shock and grief subsided, Holland was sent on a deep dive into the science of fear, digging into an array of universal and personal questions- Why do we feel fear? Where do phobias come from and how are they related to anxiety disorders and trauma? Can you really smell fear? (Yes.) What would it be like to feel no fear? Is there a cure for fear? Or, put differently, is there a better way to feel afraid? On her journey, Holland meets with scientists who are working to eliminate phobias with a single pill, she explores the lives of the few individuals who suffer from a rare disease that prevents them from ever feeling fear, and she immerses herself in her own fears, including hurling herself out of a plane (and in the process, learns that there are right and wrong ways to face your fears). Fear is a universal human experience, and Nerve answers these questions in a refreshingly accessible way, offering readers an often personal, sometimes funny, and always rigorously researched journey through the science of facing our fears.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • Seaforth, NSW, Australia
  • 1925700836
  • 9781925700831

About Eva Holland

Eva Holland is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer based in Whitehorse, the capital of Canada's Yukon Territory. An immersive journalist by day, Eva writes primarily about travel, sports, outdoor adventure, the environment, mining, and ongoing battles over our natural resources. At a time when political, global and personal fears threaten to cripple our society, Eva aims to understand fear and conquer it. In her debut book, Nerve, Eva delves into the history and science of fear o and everything else at her disposal. She is currently a correspondent at the magazine Outside, and has had her work published in Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, Pacific Standard, National Geographic News, The Walrus, Hazlitt, and many more.
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