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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Brian Germain; 2 edition (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977627705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977627707
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Transcending Fear" addresses one of the most significant challenges: the process of recognising and moving beyond fear. In an age in which fear has brought the world to the brink of destruction, understanding why we contract in fear and how we can go beyond this instinctive reaction is essential for our survival as a species. As a World Champion skydiver, test pilot and psychologist, Brian Germain offers a unique personalised perspective on the phenomenon of fear. Reflecting on his many intense experiences with fear, Germain sorts through the most current psychology research on fear, and presents the ways to de-escalate the emotional response in provocative situations. The fundamental premise of the book is simple: Fear makes us stupid. If we are to transcend the limitations imposed by a contracted perspective, we must develop our ability to remain calm. Specific methods for relaxing in dangerous situations are covered in detail, as well as scientific evidence to support the reasons for this unusual and powerful approach to dealing with fear.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Takeupslack on 31 Oct 2010
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A useful book if you are active in any adrenalin sport and having a littel trouble with nerves. The advice is practical and effective, and not too much new age stuff to hit yoiur cynic buttons and turn you off..
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Ok got recommended the book to have a read before starting skydiving. Its a quite simle approach but not an approach I was using before when racing motorbikes , I would try and get the fear going to kick of the adrenaline.

This works by relaxing .... focusing on what you are doing and going with the flow. It has done a brilliant job in keeping me calm on the drive to the DZ before jumping and the plane ride to altidude. Approach the door focused on exactly what I am going to do :-)

Its in my skydive back and often go back and catch up on points. Check out the author on youtube as a lot os useful stuff on there and will give you a flavor of what he does :-)
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Help for scared skydivers! 19 Sep 2008
By J. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently started skydiving in preparation for my A license. After a couple not-so-perfect landings, I (and my coaches) noticed that I was starting to be very anxious and panic-stricken! One of the instructors recommended this book to me and I have to say that it is VERY helpful in overcoming silly fears. Not only helpful for skydivers, it is also applicable to keeping calm in stressful situations that arise in everyday life. Definitely worth reading!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fear is Fun 25 Jun 2007
By Jevto Dedijer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brian does a great job in explaining something I have been wondering about since the day I jumped off a building in down town Paris, with a parachute. What is Fear? How can I leverage Fear to my advantage? How can Fear be a positive factor in my life if well managed?

Since reading Brian's book I now have a better understanding of how to Focus my Fear, negative adrenalin, into positive adrenalin. A must read for adrenalin junkies, business people and anybody who thinks about jumping off a building for fun.Base 66: A Story of Fear, Fun, and Freefall
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i had it all wrong.... 24 Nov 2009
By Caleb Martiny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a student jumper, I was getting more scared every time I went up. So I tried getting myself "amped up" on the way to the DZ, but all it did was get me more freaked out. Turns out, I was worsening the physiological fear response. Germain's mantra of "relax, breathe, focus, flow" really has worked for me -- in skydiving & other stressful situations since. A little "hippy" in places, but it works.

Thanks Brian!
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Book Review 1 May 2013
By Robert Long - Published on Amazon.com
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Was just okay. Bought it because I read the inside cover synopsis and other reader reviews. Was expecting author to provide more real-life examples from his own life experiences (skydiving, etc.) and others. Looking for helpful recommendations or how-to exercises for facing/overcoming one's internal messages that produce the fear instincts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
outstanding 20 Oct 2012
By ainatco - Published on Amazon.com
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I started a cours in skydiving and stopped after 6 jumps due to fear.
a friend of mine recomended thins book, and told me that it would help.
after reading a few chapters I started to realize that my fear was holding me beck from doing
the things that I love.
At this point I have finished the cours and I am on my way to become a sertified skydiver.

THANK YOU BRIAN!!!
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