It’s human nature: we all aim to avoid worst-case scenarios so as to protect ourselves against potential losses. Yet in doing so, we actually crowd out opportunities by putting disproportionate weight on the possibility of negative events. Michelle Poler, the so-called “Fear Girl” whose project to confront 100 fears in 100 days inspired millions across the globe, offers a solution. She sat down with IVY Magazine to discuss how focusing on the reward of a given situation, rather than the risk, primes you to actively confront your fears — from posing naked for a photograph to playing with tarantulas.

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