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The Courage Quotient: How Science Can Make You Braver

The Courage Quotient: How Science Can Make You Braver

Robert Biswas-Diener

ISBN: 978-0-470-91742-8

Apr 2012, Jossey-Bass

208 pages

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The keys to understanding and developing courage

This groundbreaking book reveals that courage is more about managing fear than not feeling it, and that courage can be learned. The author explains that most courageous people are unaware of their own bravery, and all of us have some form of courage in our lives now, to start with. The book is filled with illustrative examples, studies, and interviews from Greenland to Kenya, and defines the types of individuals who demonstrate general, personal, and civil courage. The author includes clear guidelines and suggestions for increasing our ability to be courageous.

  • Includes guidelines that show how anyone can ramp-up their courage quotient and develop the qualities that strengthen personal courage
  • Contains a wealth of examples and anecdotes of real-world courage from a variety of cultures
  • A prolific writer, the author has a popular blog Psychology Today

The author extols the virtues of personal courage and shows how to overcome fear and stand up for what is right.

Introduction: How I Found Courage ix

part 1 a crash course in courage

1 Your Courage Quotient 3

2 Measuring Courage 25

part 2 increasing courage by controlling fear

3 Ride the Emotional See-Saw 41

4 Think Magically 67

part 3 increasing courage by boosting the willingness to act

5 Try Defiance 87

6 Be Out of the ‘‘In Crowd’’ 107

7 Be Willing to Fail 121

part 4 conclusion

8 From the Research Laboratory to Real Life 139

Appendix I: Test Your Courage Quotient 151

Appendix II: Locate Your Own Brand of Courage 157

References 159

Acknowledgments 169

About the Author 171

Index 173