My book The Fear Factor will be published October 10th (Basic/Hachette).
The book explores the extremes of human nature–from extraordinary altruism to psychopathy–and what processes in the brain drive extraordinarily good and extraordinarily bad behaviors alike.
Advance praise for The Fear Factor:
“A brilliant, beautiful, and important book about the things that make some of us angels, some of us devils, and all of us human. You won’t be able to put it down.” — DANIEL GILBERT, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness
“Let Abigail Marsh guide you on a riveting ride through your own brain. With lively writing and an impressive command of science, she shows how sensitivity to fear can be both a weapon of evil and a force for good.” — ADAM GRANT, New York Times bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B (with Sheryl Sandberg)
“The Fear Factor reads like a thriller. Abigail Marsh takes us through the groundbreaking research that has thrown light on two of the most fundamental traits of human beings: extreme selfishness and extreme altruism. Page after page, she shows convincingly that the capacity to perceive and identify fear and, consequently, to feel empathy as one would for a child in danger, is the key factor that makes us behave as a psychopath or as someone who joyfully gives a kidney to a stranger. One of the most mind-opening books I have read in years.” — MATTHIEU RICARD, Author of Happiness and Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World
“Beautifully and engagingly written, yet not compromising on science. Abigail Marsh has written a page turner that takes you meticulously through the scientific evidence for why altruism exists, while fooling you into thinking that you are reading a detective novel. This is essential reading for anyone interested in why people vary in their capacity for empathy and love.” — ESSI VIDING, PHD, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University College London
“Marsh’s dynamic prose brings scientific studies and technical topics to life… Those who seek to comprehend the origin of fear, altruism, and elements of human nature will find this book a key factor in their increased understanding.”— SCIENCE Magazine