Diving Board Anxiety

Diving Board Anxiety

A 16-Minute Video Of Swedes Agonizing Atop A 10-Meter Diving Board Is Just What You Need

From Deadspin

For those that are afraid of heights, watching this video may actually give you cold sweats.  Two Swedish filmmakers paid people $30 to climb to the top of a 10-meter diving tower and stand and just stand on the edge, according to this post from Deadspin.  Jumping was up to the participants.  What ensues is hilarity, as you see the frailty of the human condition up close and personal.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Maxmilien van Aertryck and Axel Danielson write that the film “elucidates something essentially human, that transcends culture and origins,” which is a real fancy way to say “tag yourself.” It’s not hard to identify a personal spirit animal somewhere among these shook Swedes.

Are you the couple so unwound by anxiety that they begin to babble right past each other, no longer parsing one another’s mouth-sounds as words but just as the mouth-sounds of another terrified person? Are you the older woman who says she “doesn’t have the guts” but maybe actually does? Or are you are the guy who strokes his chin in anguish for several minutes before teetering over, flailing his wings like a shot duck, and teetering right back to the platform? (I’m that guy.)

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