How Pressure and Stress Are Affecting Your Performance (via People-triggers)

I am always interested in anything that involves human behavior and decision-making. I think it’s really fascinating to consider all of the “gears” that are proverbially turning when we make choices, seeing as those choices are the pathway, ultimately, to our destiny (if you want to call it that). I believe firmly that we have control over our “fate” and that means that we have to jump in and take control of our lives.

Unfortunately, no matter how logical that might seem to me, the fact is that as humans we are still susceptible to our biological wiring. Sometimes that can be helpful, but other times we can see someone otherwise brilliant and creative buckle under stress and the external circumstances of their life, and we say “what a waste.”

There has to be a way to overcome that fact, don’t you think? I mean, we can’t change our biological responses to life but maybe we can learn to control them. Reroute some of those neural networks to help us think differently down the road? The only way I can see of doing that is to educate ourselves on how the human mind makes decisions and how these decisions effect our future – not only externally, as consequences, but internally, as learned behaviors.

I thought this post (below) was a nice reminder of what is really going on when we are under stress and might help to give you pause when you are in the middle of a high-pressure situation. The most important thing is to be self-aware. Only then can you see where changes can be made, and make them.

How Pressure and Stress Are Affecting Your Performance Some years ago, a Princeton psychologist named Sam Glucksberg brought a group of test subjects into a room. In the room was a table positioned against a wall. On the table was a book of matches, a box of thumbtacks, and a candle. “Your job,” Glucksberg told his subjects, “is to attach the candle to the wall in such a way that when it’s lit, the wax will not drip onto the table. I will be timing you, and I will use your results to establish averag … Read More

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