Fear Itself with Cressida Bonas
Welcome to Fear Itself, where actress Cressida Bonas invites guests to share their personal stories around fear. How does fear show up, how do people try to hide it, how can we harness it and what can we learn from it?Welcome to Fear Itself, where actress Cressida Bonas invites guests to share their personal stories around fear. How does fear show up, how do people try to hide it, how can we harness it and what can we learn from it?
Something going wrong on air - Mishal Husain
Season 1, Ep. 11
One of the UK's most respected broadcastersMishalHusain joins me this week, to talk about her fear of something going wrong on air. Mishalhas fronted everything from BBC evening new bulletins to leadership election debates, and in 2013,shebecame the first ethnic minority presenter of radio 4's flagshipTodayprogramme. As well as her work in radio and TV,Mishalhas written a book, The Skills, which is a practical guide to help women realise their professional ambitions.Mishalalways seems so confident on air, so I was curious to know if she ever experiences doubt and how she deals with her fear in high pressured situations. We discuss how preparation and breaking things down helps her, dealing with scrutiny, and what influence her parents had on her. Listen out at the end for her three tips on how to approach a job interview, pitch, or any high-pressure situation.This episode of Fear Itself was mixed with IRIS audio technology. IRIS technology enables Active Listening, immersing you deeper into the audio you listen to.
Failing and not reaching their full potential - Leo Russell and George Stagg
Season 1, Ep. 10
Amateur cyclists Leo Russell and George Stagg join me this week to discuss their fears of failure (Leo) and not reaching his full potential (George). In 2019, Leo and George cycled across some of the toughest mountains in Europe to raise money for a charity called James' place, a centre that is very close to my heart that offers support and therapy to men who are experiencing suicidal crisis. They cycled 3,200 kilometres in 18 days, climbing 9 of the toughest mountains in Europe through snowy peaks and torrential rain, and have now made an award-winning documentary about the experience called Nine Mountains.This was actually the first episode I recorded and I was really interested to know what mental and physical barriers they faced on a ride that explored the limits of their bodies and minds. They talk about how their fears of failure and not reaching their full potential pushed them on, how working in a team gave them strength and why it was important to them to raise money for James' place.If you would like to watch Leo and George's award winning documentary please visitwww.ninemountains.co.ukand if you would like to donate to James' Place please go towww.jamesplace.org.uk.
Not being perfect - Zaina Alhizami
Season 1, Ep. 9
Zaina Alhizami is an international artist who has trained across Europe and developed a unique style that includes bright colours and highly textured 3D elements. Her first exhibition Behind Closed Doors was due to take place in June, but of course since we recorded this episode, it has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Born in London and raised in Saudi Arabia, Zaina tells me about how her upbringing contributed to her fear of not being perfect, and why she particularly fears letting her parents down. The theme of reconciling Arab tradition with Western liberalism is one that is continuously explored in her work alongside femininity, expression and the complexity of the human experience. Zaina and I talk about the balance between keeping your family happy as well as following your own path, how the fear of not being perfect manifests itself in her personal and professional life and how she finds her "secret doors' to do what she loves.
Not being able to perform magic - Dynamo
Season 1, Ep. 8
Dynamo, one of the world's most successful magicians joins me this week to talk about his fear of not being able to perform his magic. Raised on a Bradford council estate, he began performing magic as a defence against bullies, and has now performed all over the world. He's also createdseveral hit TV series, including his latest hugely popular Sky series BeyondBelief. Dynamo suffers from a disease of the digestive system called Crohn's, which in 2014 caused him to spend several months in hospital and nearly caused him to give up magic completely - his biggest fear. I wanted to ask how he faced this, how his time isolated in recovery inspired his magic, and how he puts things into perspective.
Loss - Benjamin Fry
Season 1, Ep. 7
Psychotherapist and authorBenjaminFryjoins me this week, to talk about his fear of loss. Benjamin’s such an interesting guest, and shares a lot of his personal experiences as well as his professional knowledge about mental health.He is really open about how losing his mother when he was just a baby impacted him, and how losing work, money and his marriage in his late 30s culminated in a mental health breakdown. After trying many treatments,Benjaminfound a solution in a clinic which specialised in the nervous system, and looking at how the problems we have with it can affect our mental health.He went on to set up a mental health clinic, a non-profit and a tech company all specialising in work around the nervous system. Hehas also written three books including The Invisible Lion, which we discuss in this episode.I wanted to know more about the nervous system and what it means for our mental health, how it can help us heal unaddressed wounds and “clean out the gunpowder” asBenjaminputs it. I really learnt so much from this conversation and I hope you do too.
Not living enough - Iiro Seppänen
Season 1, Ep. 6
BASE jumper Iiro Seppänen joins me this week to tell me about his fear of not living enough. Iiro has lived a pretty fascinating and unusual life, and I was interested in the irony of his fear, given that he used to put his life in danger with every single jump. I wanted to understand how Iiro processes fear and how he managed the fear when doing such an extreme sport. I was curious to know if I could relate to this feeling in any way – the idea of wanting to jump from these enormous heights is pretty alien to me. How does he find the courage to take such huge risks and how does he utilise his fear?Also just a warning - there’s a quite graphic description of an accident in this episode which might not be suitable for everyone.
Not being liked - Ellie Goulding
Season 1, Ep. 5
Singer songwriter Ellie Goulding joins me this week, to talk about the fear of not being liked. With such a successful music career, I was curious to know more about this fear and how it impacts her life and work. We talk about when she first experienced this fear at school, and how she uses music to conquer her demons and express herself. I was curious to know if being in the spotlight from such a young age amplified this fear for her, and what tips of techniques she has for overcoming it.Ellie’s fourth album is due to be released in June.