From TED Talks, this is an interesting talk on how fear can generate creativity and engage the imagination in solving problems or imagining different outcomes.
Karen Thompson Walker: What Fear Can Teach Us
Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates -- but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.
Fiction writer Karen Thompson Walker explores the connection between fear and the imagination.