8 Do We Really Know What Someone Else Is Thinking?

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

—ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

I first started thinking about FOPO in graduate school. I was on a path toward a degree in psychology with a specialization in sport. I wanted to understand not what held people back but the qualities that enabled them to excel.

I was interested in how the best performers in the world organize their inner lives to perform in high-stakes environments. How was Charles Lindbergh able to fly alone, without a radio or parachute and sometimes just twenty feet above the waves, for thirty-four hours across the Atlantic Ocean? What enabled Jane Goodall to defy gender norms, navigate a realm of unknowns, and redefine the relationship ...

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