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Why Do Some People Risk Their Lives Regularly By Placing Themselves In Extreme And Challenging Situations For Some, Such As Astronauts, The Extreme Environments Are Part Of The Job For Others, They Involve The Thrill And Competition Of Extreme Sports, Or The Achievement Of Goals Such As Being The First To Reach The South Pole Or Climb Everest Whether For Sport Or Employment, All These People Have Made The Personal Choice To Put Themselves In Environments In Which There Is Significant Risk What Drives Such People And What Skills And Personality Traits Enable The Best To Succeed What Abilities Are Shared By The Successful Mountaineer, Astronaut, Caver, Or Long Distance Solo Sailer And Are There Lessons The Rest Of Us Can Learn From Them The Psychology Of Those Who Have To Cope With Extreme Conditions Has Been A Matter Of Much Research It Is Important, For Example To Those Planning Manned Space Programmes Or The Makeup Of Teams Who Will Spend Months In An Isolated Or Hostile Environment Such As Antarctica, To Understand The Psychological Pressures Involved, And To Recognize Those Best Equipped To Handle Them In Extreme, Emma Barrett And Paul Martin Explore The Challenges That People In Extreme Environments Face, Including Pain, Physical Hardship, Loneliness, And Friction Between Individuals, And The Approaches Taken To Overcome Them Using Many Fascinating Examples And Personal Accounts, They Argue That We Can All Benefit From The Insights Gained


7 thoughts on “Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits

  1. Anthony McCulloch Anthony McCulloch says:

    This book quickly turns out to be something other than what the summary led me to think I was buying, but still insightful and full of interesting facts and anecdotes.


  2. M Pritchard M Pritchard says:

    Best human factors book I ve come across in years Compelling, applicable, astounding and evidence based Highly recommended for those work in the coaching and collaboration space, but also for anyone who is just plain curious about the human condition


  3. b4-its-2-l8 b4-its-2-l8 says:

    In the end, this was a good book particularly through the second half but it didn t completely live up to the expectations I had when I getting it.Going by the sales blurb and the info on the front cover, I was expecting something akin to how to be equipped with a mental tool kit based on psychological research to help me to focus and be positive in almost any given challenging situation in my comparatively workaday life I had thought that this tool kit would be based upon the cumulative experiences and knowledge of those who have successfully experienced some of the most extreme environments that humans have tolerated, and that I could use their tales of survival and the psychological research into them to help equip me with similar coping strategies to the ones they employed to help see them through after all the Bear Grylls quote on the front cover claims it to be A definitive guide on how to survive the world s most extreme environments but I think that was over selling the book by quite some margin.On the plus side, there s loads of interesting information relating to stress, types of stress, types of stressor the causes of stress and the knock on effects emotionally, hormonally, physiologically with a plethora of notes and references to make further research and reading easier So, if you are interested in the nature of human beings and have the patience, you ll be rewarded with an engaging, and sometimes, engrossing book.On the downside this book is not without a fair few categories of niggles First niggle I feel the authors tried at times overly hard to make their story telling dramatic e.g describing the hazardous occupation of cave diving by likening it to diving in flooded 10 storey lift shaft in complete darkness only for stirred up silt at the bottom to cut visibility to zero but my understanding of complete darkness means visibility is already at zero, how much less than zero could visibility be There were also non extreme examples of mundane experiences which only seemed to have an extreme element added as an after thought.Second niggle There were plentiful examples of situations where dangers were faced but no insight, psychological or otherwise, was given and these happen constantly and especially throughout the first half of the book e.g the French explorer in Africa who was captured by tribesmen and brutally tortured, maimed and executed him I ve spared the gruesome details but I was left puzzling why this account was even mentioned at all It s just sort of chucked in there as a gratuitous account without adding any knowledge or providing insight It doesn t even say the tribesmen so viciously murdered him, however, it does give a loose reference that leads to a 528 page so it s bound to be in there somewhere for those who wish to wade through.Third niggle There are numerous statements sounding like they come from the Ministry of the bloomin obvious scattered throughout, statements saying things like research has shown that people in desperate situations can make poor decision choices Really Did we not already know that before research came along to show that to us You can delete the word desperate and insert any number of other adjectives such as stressed, pressured, fearful etc., etc., etc., as the situation described calls for it I would have preferred it if each time one of these lines was written as research showed 1 why the explorer, astronaut, mountaineer, diver, yachtsperson etc., survived or 2 how they managed to cope in the critical moments, or 3 what strategies they used to mitigate their acute awareness of their impending peril and therefore focus on their task at hand basically, what was it that kept them mentally strong To put it a little eloquently, the authors could have borrowed some lyrics from the song Fixer Upper in Disney s animation Frozen , released the year before their book was published, and summed their many examples by stating people make bad choices if they re mad or scared or stressed throw a little love their way, and you ll bring out their best I wanted give up reading this book by about p.70 and only persevered because I knew a review was due, however, just over half way through the book, at p.112, came a section headed Choosing the right stuff , the scene setting changed and from this point onwards I found the book became what I hoped it would have been from the beginning A lot of the fluff disappeared and the concentration was on useful facts and providing relevant information right up until near the end I found that these sections were the most engaging and I gleaned the most information from.In short, even though the scene setting was far too long, occupying half the book, the remainder or less makes up for it and overall it becomes a worthwhile read with many thought provoking pointers.


  4. pagh pagh says:

    As a reader deeply interested in behavioural psychology, a former winterover at an Antarctic Station and a person deeply interested in science and space missions, I bought this book by chance Actually, I found it one of the most revealing and interesting reading of my last year s The book is incredibly well documented the biography is endless and well structured Even if not an hard core explorer, this book allowed me to understand a lot about the motivation for putting yourself in miserable conditions at your own request But it actually went much further, allowing me to understand how to improve my performance also in everyday life.Also, in at least one case, it use information mediated from a paper having me as guinea pig, that is quite funny Definitively a reading Congratulations to the two authors I bought this book by chance, and took it from the bookshelf while the bookstore was closing for the day As it happens quite often, you get the best when you do not choose from the top 10


  5. Sandford Sandford says:

    Although this book focusses on human behaviour in various extreme situations, by its nature it is also provides a fascinating insight into the psychology of normal behaviour, whether solitary experience or within groups Extreme responses are essentially heightened and exaggerated experiences of the normal, so I feel this book will have wider appeal than the title may suggest.The extent of research feels almost jaw dropping with impressive, extensive references It is evidently clear that Emma Barrett and Paul Martin are skilled in the art of communicating this field of science to make it feel like popular psychology, which it isn t.I defy anyone not to find this book interesting, as there is something for everyone, the prolific number of examples of human endeavours certainly keeping it a page turner It left me re awakened to the absolute wonder of what it means to be a human being, the complexities and nuances of our behaviours Very much recommended.


  6. Socks Socks says:

    I enjoyed this book It is really interesting and highlights the huge array of people on this planet it would seem I m a complete whimp compared to the subjects of this book However, it s given me insight My partner has been a part of quite a few lifeboat rescues as a crew member, sometimes in what many of us would call extreme conditions Certainly I can see many of my partners attributes being discussed in this book I ve learned from it, and although it isn t all exactly light reading it is well written.


  7. Blackcatlover Blackcatlover says:

    We all enjoy setting goals for ourselves most of them fairly modest but they re necessary for us to have a fulfilling life.However, there are a special breed who set themselves extreme challenges, who actually thrive on them and this book takes a look at them.It s a fascinating book, well researched, and as unputdownable as a good thriller.