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Author : Margee Kerr
ISBN : 9781610394833
Genre : Psychology
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Shiver-inducing science not for the faint of heart. No one studies fear quite like Margee Kerr. A sociologist who moonlights at one of America's scariest and most popular haunted houses, she has seen grown men laugh, cry, and push their loved ones aside as they run away in terror. And she's kept careful notes on what triggers these responses and why. Fear is a universal human experience, but do we really understand it? If we're so terrified of monsters and serial killers, why do we flock to the theaters to see them? Why do people avoid thinking about death, but jump out of planes and swim with sharks? For Kerr, there was only one way to find out. In this eye-opening, adventurous book, she takes us on a tour of the world's scariest experiences: into an abandoned prison long after dark, hanging by a cord from the highest tower in the Western hemisphere, and deep into Japan's mysterious “suicide forest.” She even goes on a ghost hunt with a group of paranormal adventurers. Along the way, Kerr shows us the surprising science from the newest studies of fear—what it means, how it works, and what it can do for us. Full of entertaining science and the thrills of a good ghost story, this book will make you think, laugh—and scream.
Category: Psychology

Mastering Fear

Author : Rikke Schubart
ISBN : 9781501336720
Genre : Social Science
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Mastering Fear analyzes horror as play and examines what functions horror has and why it is adaptive and beneficial for audiences. It takes a biocultural approach, and focusing on emotions, gender, and play, it argues we play with fiction horror. In horror we engage not only with the negative emotions of fear and disgust, but with a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative. The book lays out a new theory of horror and analyzes female protagonists in contemporary horror from child to teen, adult, middle age, and old age. Since the turn of the millennium, we have seen a new generation of female protagonists in horror. There are feisty teens in The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017), troubled mothers in The Babadook (2014), and struggling women in the New French extremity with Martyrs (2008) and Inside (2007). At the fuzzy edges of the genre are dramas like Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and Black Swan (2010), and middle-age women are now protagonists with Carol in The Walking Dead (2010–) and Jessica Lange's characters in American Horror Story (2011–). Horror is not just for men, but also for women, and not just for the young, but for audiences of all ages.
Category: Social Science

Keys To A Fearless Life

Author : Mehdi Toozhy
ISBN : 9781525515033
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Suddenly your palms are sweating, your heart is racing, and your mind cannot focus. Your world begins to spin and your nervous systems kicks into high gear. You are experiencing fear. Fear is an overwhelming emotion. It can handcuff one’s life but if one follows a simple process, anyone can control their fears. Oxford graduate Mehdi Toozhy confronts the topic of fear in his second book about how to live a successful life. His practical tools give the reader a step-by-step approach to tackling any type of fear. He defines fear, shares inspiration from history, and gives personal experiences, as well as useful exercises to apply the process. This book is an investigation into the psychology of fear as well as a resource to dissect fear and overcome it. These tools have helped numerous individuals understand fear and how to live a successful life. “In Keys to a Fearless Life, Oxford graduate and published author Mehdi Toozhy provides useful and practical tools to confront the fears of our time.” – Margee Kerr, PhD, sociologist and author of SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Time The Science Of Emotions

Author : Time Magazine Editors
ISBN : 9781683308577
Genre : Psychology
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Why do you feel the way you do? Emotions are the world's universal language. Understand them, and you understand yourself-and others. Packed with thought-provoking articles on mindfulness, on connecting emotionally with others, and on freeing your feelings, The Science of Emotions, a new Special Edition from the Editors of TIME draws from the trusted reporting of TIME magazine to help you get in touch with you. Three distinct sections - "Know Yourself," "Connect with Others," and "Free Your Feelings" help you unlock your emotional intelligence, tame social media envy, understand why we cry, learn how to read body language and more. You'll also discover the secrets to mental toughness, learn how to let go of guilt, discover the upside of a bad mood, and learn the eight easy ways to get happier. Filled with photos, infographics and illustrations, including a photo essay on joy, this empowering collection offers a full-circle view of feelings ranging from despair to elation, and reveals how to harness emotions to build a richer life.
Category: Psychology


Author : Misty Keasler
ISBN : 0692896503
Genre : Art
File Size : 65.83 MB
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Haunt is the second monograph by Dallas based photographer Misty Keasler and is a portrait of our culture and the study of fear as entertainment in commerical haunted houses. This work took Keasler to 13 haunts throughout the United States over the course of 2 years, where she was given unprecedented access to each location, shooting lengthy time exposures of uninhabited interiors and their facades on film, while additionally shooting formal portraits of their actors in costume. The resulting efforts yielded 146 vividly colorful, yet chilling photographs, that provide the viewer the space to experience the immense detail the proprietors of these haunts pour into them. In her essay, curator Andrea Karnes contextualizes this body of work within the conversation of contemporary photography as well as exploring its ties to the history of painting. An essay by sociologist and author Margee Kerr, provides an insider's glimpse of everything that makes up a great haunt, from the props to the psychological foundation of a good scare.
Category: Art

In The Blood

Author : Nancy A. Collins
ISBN : 0451451511
Genre : Fiction
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The sequel to "Sunglasses After Dark" continues the saga of Sonja Blue, a beautiful leather-clad vampire hunting down the man who had cursed her, stopping along the way to satisfy her evil desires
Category: Fiction

Way Of The Clans

Author : Robert Thurston
ISBN : 0451451015
Genre : Fiction
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In the 31st century, Aidan aspires to be a warrior of Clan Jade Falcon and faces trials that will shape him into one of the best warriors in the galaxy, a member of an elite group of warriors resulting from generations of controlled breeding
Category: Fiction