Stress for Success? Maybe!
Updated: May 10, 2018
If I come home and someone has broken into my house and is pointing a gun at me, I might throw my hands in the air, open my mouth and scream. You could take a picture of that moment -- and it would look exactly like a snapshot of me on a roller coaster!
An interesting article in the New York Times online, February 6, 2013, focuses on research into why some people thrive on stress and competition and others do not:
“Stress turns out to be far more complicated than we’ve assumed, and far more under our control than we imagine. Unlike long-term stress, short-term stress can actually help people perform, and viewing it that way changes its effect. Even for those genetically predisposed to anxiety, the antidote isn’t necessarily less competition — it’s more competition. It just needs to be the right kind.”
While there may be a genetic component to the way individuals handle stress, studies are beginning to prove what hypnotists have known for a long time: re-framing, that is, changing the way we interpret a situation, can actually change the outcome.