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Archive for November, 2011
Beyond the Fear of Pain: Jamie Patrick
Beyond the Fear of Pain: Jamie Patrick

(Photo: Bryan Hayes) “When I’m trying to figure out these things that I’m going to do, I try to find the one thing that I’m most afraid of – whether it’s a longer distance, or whatever, that’s what I thrive on.” Jamie Patrick is one of the best ultra athletes on the planet. He recently […]

Into the Darkness with Mike Madden
Into the Darkness with Mike Madden

(Photo: Mike Madden) “You have the fear of drowning, and you add claustrophobia and all sorts of other kinds of phobias, buried alive, and cave diving has a very high stress level…But there is no question that the biggest enemy in the cave is your own mind.” JY: How did you get into cave diving? […]

The Doctor’s Diagnoses on Fear
The Doctor’s Diagnoses on Fear

“If fear is something that you hold in your mind in anticipation of something bad happening, I don’t hold that in my mind. I don’t see that kind of peril in surf, no matter how big it gets.” Mark “Doc” Renneker is both a world renowned physician and big-wave explorer. He is one of the […]

JT Holmes: Transforming Fear to Focus
JT Holmes: Transforming Fear to Focus

In 2009, 60 Minutes featured Holmes and friends BASE-jumping in “wing suits,” flying squirrel-like getups that allow them leap off, say, a 1000 foot cliff, and cover up to 2.5 feet horizontally to every one-foot of vertical free-fall. It’s the closest thing to a human flying without a motor, and JT recently took his flying […]

The Science of Choking
The Science of Choking

Recently I had the opportunity to apply some of my research from The Fear Project to an ESPN Magazine feature for their Choke issue. The Science of Choking, by Jaimal Yogis IT WAS A CHIP SHOT. With just 15 seconds left in the AFC championship game against the Patriots in January, the Ravens’ Billy Cundiff […]

What is the best fighter on earth afraid of?
What is the best fighter on earth afraid of?

I had the good fortune of growing up best friends with one of the world’s best Mixed Martial Arts fighters ever, Urijah Faber. Recently I sat down with the former world champion to ask him what he’s scared of. JY: When you go into the ring, the night of the fight, what are you feeling […]