37 episodes

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?
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Fear Itself with Cressida Bonas Cressida Bonas

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 118 Ratings

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?
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    Not Fulfilling Your Potential - Josh Llewellyn-Jones

    Not Fulfilling Your Potential - Josh Llewellyn-Jones

    About The Episode
    Our exciting guest for this week’s episode of Fear Itself is extreme athlete and world record holder Josh Llewellyn-Jones. Born with cystic fibrosis, Josh has gotten used to being told what he's not capable of - what he can't do - and so he's dedicated his life to proving people wrong. In this episode, Josh reveals to Cressida the incredible story of how he earned the nickname 'Million Kilo Man', Josh explains what it means to 'defy the odds daily', and we hear some inspirational advice for parents of children with cyststic fibrosis.
    About The Guest 
    Born with cystic fibrosis, Josh was given a 10% chance of surviving his first night. Growing up, he was told he wouldn’t make 30 but, at 32, he was a World Record Holder, Ultra Athlete and International Motivational Speaker. At 29, Josh completed the ‘Worlds Fittest Man Challenge’ - one of only 5 in the world to do so. The following year in 2018, he became the first and only man to lift 1,000,000kg’s in under 24 hours to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis, beating the old record by over 500,000kg’s. 
    About The Host 
    Cressida Bonas is an actress, podcaster and writer. Cressida has had leading acting roles in a number of well known television and film productions - such as her role as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed Netflix series White House Farm. Some of Cressida's other work include roles in the ITV series Dr Thorne, the film The Bye Bye Man, and in theatre productions Mrs Orwell and An Evening with Lucien Freud. Cressida writes a monthly column for the arts and culture section in The Spectator and her written work has been featured in The Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday

    Top Quotes
    "That experience, of nearly dying, was a pivot in my life. A real eye opener. It made me realise life is precious." - Josh Llewellyn Jones
    "If you can survive something you have an extreme fear of you can become mentally invisible to it." - Josh Llewellyn Jones

    Resources
    Follow Cressida Bonas on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cressida_bonas_/?hl=en
    Follow Josh on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/joshlj24/?hl=en
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    • 39 min
    Ski Lifts - Scott Stuart

    Ski Lifts - Scott Stuart

    About The Episode
    Today’s incredible guest on Fear Itself is the best-selling children's author Scott Stuart. In this episode, Scott explains how tough it's been to tackle the toxic masculinity culture and to address his own insecurities, Cressida and Scott explore the importance of placing trust and control in your children, and Cressida asks Scott about the courage he draws from creativity.

    About The Guest 
    Scott Stuart is a best-selling children’s book author. His books have appeared on numerous best-seller lists, as well as receiving nominations for Children’s Book of the Year & Picture Book of the Year. His empowering messages have been seen over 100 million times on Social Media, and he is a leading voice on fully accepting & empowering our children, exactly as they are.

    About The Host
    Cressida Bonas is an actress, podcaster and writer. Cressida has had leading acting roles in a number of well known television and film productions - such as her role as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed Netflix series White House Farm. Some of Cressida's other work include roles in the ITV series Dr Thorne, the film The Bye Bye Man, and in theatre productions Mrs Orwell and An Evening with Lucien Freud. Cressida writes a monthly column for the arts and culture section in The Spectator and her written work has been featured in The Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday

    Top Quotes
    "That's all we really want. To be fully seen and fully accepted. Yet so few of us are." - Scott Stuart
    "Empowerment can look, in the moment, a lot like failure. As parents, you try to prepare your children for the world. And part of that preparation is letting your child try and fail." - Scott Stuart

    Resources
    Follow Cressida Bonas on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cressida_bonas_/?hl=en
    Learn more about Scott and his amazing work here: https://scottstuart.co/
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    • 44 min
    What Others Think - John Armstrong

    What Others Think - John Armstrong

    About The Episode
    Today’s wonderful guest on the Fear Itself podcast is art historian and philosopher John Armstrong. In this episode John tells us about the battles he's had with shyness, Cressida and John discuss how all humans are pretty idiotic - and why that's ok! - and John shares a surprisingly emotional story about a garden centre.

    About The Guest
    John Armstrong is an art historian and philosopher and has worked closely with educational company, and youtube channel, The School of Life (TSOL) since 2013. The School of Life is a global organisation devoted to teaching people how to lead a more fulfilled life. They offer insights in the key ingredients of emotional well-being: how to form good relationships, identify a satisfying career, minimise anxiety, acquire confidence and connect properly with friends. The channel has been a huge success - accruing over 6 million subscribers. John is also a distinguished author. With his books covering a range of themes including art, beauty, and civilisation. 

    About The Host
    Cressida Bonas is an actress, podcaster and writer. Cressida has had leading acting roles in a number of well known television and film productions - such as her role as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed Netflix series White House Farm. Some of Cressida's other work include roles in the ITV series Dr Thorne, the film The Bye Bye Man, and in theatre productions Mrs Orwell and An Evening with Lucien Freud. Cressida writes a monthly column for the arts and culture section in The Spectator and her written work has been featured in The Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday

    Top Quotes
    "Few people are confident all the way down. And if we realise that, it can change our perspective both on envy and intimidation." - John Armstrong
    "I sense a tension in civilization. Often shy people are the people who have got the nicest, most helpful, most interesting things to say but who have also taught themselves to be too cautious about being assertive." - John Armstrong

    Resources
    Follow Cressida Bonas on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cressida_bonas_/?hl=en
    To learn more about the School of Life click here: https://www.theschooloflife.com/
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    • 47 min
    To Not Matter - Brita Fernandez Schmidt

    To Not Matter - Brita Fernandez Schmidt

    About The Episode
    In this episode Brita tells us about her new book Fears to Fierce, Brita pinpoints why we need to lean into our fears, and highlights why we need to pay attention to little things - like goosebumps!

    About The Guest
    Brita Fernandez Schmidt is an advocate and promoter of women’s empowerment, women’s rights and equality. She serves as the Executive Director of Women for Women International – UK and is the Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships. She frequently writes about the challenges women face all over the world in the context of poverty and conflict. She has lived and/or worked in over 16 countries spanning three continents and released her book, Fears to Fierce: A Woman's Guide to Owning Her Power, in January 2021. The book is a rallying call that will inspire readers to realise your purpose and potential and ignite their fierce.

    About The Host
    Cressida Bonas is an actress, podcaster and writer. Cressida has had leading acting roles in a number of well known television and film productions - such as her role as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed Netflix series White House Farm. Some of Cressida's other work include roles in the ITV series Dr Thorne, the film The Bye Bye Man, and in theatre productions Mrs Orwell and An Evening with Lucien Freud. Cressida writes a monthly column for the arts and culture section in The Spectator and her written work has been featured in The Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday

    Top Quotes
    "I had this fire in me and I realised this fire was not acceptable. And this is where, particularly for young women and girls, you wake up and you realise you're not meant to be powerful and I'm not talking about power over others but the power within you." - Brita Fernandez-Schmidt
    "The measure by which you face your fear, is the measure by which you allow your power to shine." - Brita Fernandez-Schmidt

    Resources
    Follow Cressida Bonas on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cressida_bonas_/?hl=en
    To learn more about Brita and her new book ‘Fear to Fierce’ by visiting her website here: https://www.britafs.com/
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    • 50 min
    Aging With A Spinal Injury - Ed Jackson

    Aging With A Spinal Injury - Ed Jackson

    About The Episode
    This week’s guest on the show is former professional rugby union player and author of Lucky, Ed Jackson. Ed's career was cut short due to a life-changing spinal injury, but despite being told he may never walk again, Ed has gone on to achieve extraordinary things. In this episode Ed tells us how his biggest growth has come on the other side of fear, he shares a beautifully emotional story about a friend who's inspired him through life and death, and he explains why he feels lucky every single day.

    About The Guest
    Ed Jackson is an English former professional rugby union player who played for Bath and London Wasps. He represented England and captained both U16 and U18 teams before his career was cut short through a life-changing spinal injury. After his recovery, Ed set up a charity focused events company, Millimetres to Mountains, which raises money for various causes. Ed also works as a reporter for Channel 4’s rugby coverage. Ed’s book, Lucky, is the story of how he overcame adversity following his accident and coped with massive change – and how you can too.

    About The Host
    Cressida Bonas is an actress, podcaster and writer. Cressida has had leading acting roles in a number of well known television and film productions - such as her role as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed Netflix series White House Farm. Some of Cressida's other work include roles in the ITV series Dr Thorne, the film The Bye Bye Man, and in theatre productions Mrs Orwell and An Evening with Lucien Freud. Cressida writes a monthly column for the arts and culture section in The Spectator and her written work has been featured in The Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday

    Top Quotes
    "It's not what happens to us, we can't affect that, but it's how we react to it that counts. It's how we see our life that makes a difference." - Ed Jackson
    "It doesn't matter if life is going to be much harder from physical limitations because life is lived through the mind." - Ed Jackson 

    Resources
    Follow Cressida Bonas on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cressida_bonas_/?hl=en
    Follow Ed on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/edjackson8/?hl=en
    Learn more about Ed Jackson’s book, Lucky, here
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    • 55 min
    Overcoming Fear Special - John Halker & Tracy Forsyth

    Overcoming Fear Special - John Halker & Tracy Forsyth

    About The Episode
    On this very special episode of Fear Itself, Cressida meets two experts who will demystify the tools and techniques needed to overcome your fears. The episode will be split in two halves and, in the first half, we will meet John Halker. John is a psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, writer, author and speaker. In the show, John helps us unpack exactly what’s going on in our minds when we feel fear, and what we can do to gain control over it. In part two of the episode, Cressida will then speak to Tracy Forsyth. Tracy is a career coach who illuminates for Cressida the importance of building workplace confidence, defeating imposter syndrome, and crushing your inner critic. 
    About The Guests
    John is a psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, writer, author and speaker. John has an interest in helping traumatised people, and a great deal of his work is about helping people to build resilience through developing a strong foundation for their emotional health. He helped create the 'Better Stop Suicide' app (https://thebetterappcompany.com/ ) and has a YouTube channel called 'Well Yeah' where he offers useful techniques to tackle everything from fear and anxiety to weight loss and PTSD. (https://www.youtube.com/c/WellYeah/featured)
    Tracy is a former BBC Worldwide Leadership executive who founded Walter & Wootze - an organisation dedicated to helping talented people and companies break through self-doubt and limitations to unleash their potential. Tracy Forsyth is a professionally certified Executive & Leadership Coach (CPCC, PCC) and offers executive or career coaching in London and across the globe to high potential individuals, women and under-represented groups in leadership. Tracy recently launched Fast Track to Fearless https://fasttracktofearless.com/ - a virtual academy for career confidence and fearless leadership. 
    About The Host
    Cressida Bonas is an actress, podcaster and writer. Cressida has had leading acting roles in a number of well known television and film productions - such as her role as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed Netflix series White House Farm. Some of Cressida's other work include roles in the ITV series Dr Thorne, the film The Bye Bye Man, and in theatre productions Mrs Orwell and An Evening with Lucien Freud. Cressida writes a monthly column for the arts and culture section in The Spectator and her written work has been featured in The Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday

    Top Quotes
    "Anxiety is simply a set of symptoms caused by worrying. You were not born a worrier. You learned to worry." - John Halker
    "My first approach to fear is to identify it, understand what is the cause of it and what value is it attached to. Then ask yourself how you can honour those values." - Tracy Forsyth

    Resources
    Follow Cressida Bonas on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cressida_bonas_/?hl=en
    John’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WellYeah/featured
    Better App link: https://thebetterappcompany.com/ 
    Follow Tracy’s instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/tracyforsythcoach/?hl=en
    Tracy’s Youtube channel: https://fasttracktofearless.com/
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

Amy@London ,

Great podcast

Cressida is a natural presenter. She listens and has a natural empathy. I enjoyed the series.

Asuperfanwrites ,

Fearfully brilliant

I have a select few podcasts that I listen to and given how many podcasts there are, it’s so difficult to choose which ones to listen to. Now, here is a podcast, which is an absolute gem.

Talking about fear is so appealing that I can assume everyone would be drawn to it. Especially if you’re bringing together such a diverse range of guests with tremendous achievements in their chosen fields. It gives the rest of us hope when listening to the guests talk about their personal tales of achievement and how they got there.

It is empowering in the sense that when you see another high achiever do it, you’d feel you can do it too. I believe it would be inspirational to the listeners.

The host has a very unique style of engaging her guests, which feels soulful and authentic. Hence the reason it has struck a chord with me and also allows her guests to share their personal tales in a more trusting manner.

Her voice is powerful yet compassionate. She is well-read, researches her guests meticulously, and has a clear mind, which becomes apparent as she engages in her discussions.

And, to top it all, there is great deal of artistry - the podcast tune - that pulls everything together.

Absolutely brilliant.

hmwh444 ,

Love this

Great podcast because Cressida approaches each with a human aspect rather than a business or productive/ success lens

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