In this absorbing physiological and psychological analysis of two extreme adventurers, clinical psychologist Gerard Finnemore comes to a conclusion similar to that of several globally acknowledged researchers (and mystics) before him. It’s about self-mastery – taking supreme responsibility for your emotional and physiological responses to outside stimuli – and then pushing yourself further, perhaps just out of pure curiosity as to how far you can go. His glowing admiration for the people that Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets have become, and their seemingly effortless way of connecting and relating to their fellow man is further proof that we do not see the world as it is, but as we are. And boy, are these amazing human beings deserving of a more scientific investigation of the ever-predictable question; ‘how do you do it?” For me it’s further motivation to simply get out, exercise and relate more to nature. Put quite simply; it’s a very effective recipe for reducing stress and creating more happiness. You don’t have to be a supreme adventurer. Ask those who’ve checked out those who’ve taken it to the very ‘limit’. – Chris Bateman

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