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The Fear Factor

How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone in Between

By Abigail Marsh
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The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone in Between by Abigail Marsh

The Fear Factor (2017) examines the multifaceted role that fear plays in our lives. Though commonly perceived as a purely negative emotion, fear is in fact linked to several virtuous human characteristics, such as empathy and altruism.

  • People who want to become more altruistic
  • Those interested in neurology and how it affects certain behaviors
  • Individuals who want to turn their fears into something useful

Abigail Marsh is a neuroscientist and psychologist at Georgetown University. Her studies focus on the social interactions of human beings, and her work has been included in the Times, the Huffington Post and NPR.

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