Fear of pain and other stories

October 16th, 2013
We all remember, or have learned about, FDR telling the nation that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  In fact, it along with a clip from The Kings Speech is being used in a commercial for a new technology that might help us overcome, what is considered everyone's worst fear, that of public speaking.  

Perhaps we remember Woody Allen fearing that the universe was expanding, and how that seemed  like a good enough reason to skip school, in 50’s era Brooklyn.

The country is on the brink of disaster because we have elected officials who are afraid of voters, and most of all, afraid of not being reelected.

The bottom line is that in a macro world view, or in the intimacy of our personal lives, fear is a powerful motivator. But what would happen, how would the world change, how would we change, if we could mitigate or eliminate that fear.

That's what  Patty Chang Anchor set out to find in Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

My conversation with Patty Chang Anker: