Stress is contagious–but resilience can be too
The way that you think about stress can actually transform the effect that it has on you – and others.
- Stress is contagious, and the higher up in an organization you are the more your stress will be noticed and felt by others.
- Kelly McGonigal teaches "Reset your mindset to reduce stress" for Big Think Edge.
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It turns out that mindsets are contagious – and the higher up you are in an organization's hierarchy, or the more people you are a role model to, the more contagious you are. While negative mindsets like stress are contagious, so are positive ones like resilience; positive thinking can put you and your team or family on the road to positive outcomes.
Subscribe to Big Think Edge and you'll learn first-hand from Dr. Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist, Stanford University lecturer and author of "The Upside of Stress", how to model resilience for your direct reports at work, your children, or the people closest to you in your daily life. McGonigal teaches immediately useful ways to prepare for adversity and embrace your influence as a leader.
Kelly McGonigal's lesson "Reset your mindset to reduce stress" is part of Big Think Edge's Become a better leader learning path. Great leaders communicate, inspire, and shape the lives of others without unnecessary turmoil or wasted energy. But the idea that leadership qualities are a birthright rather than the fruits of a long learning process couldn't be more misguided. Leaders aren't born, they're made—by standing on the shoulders of giants such as those you'll meet in our ever-expanding learning path.
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Young people could even end up less anxiety-ridden, thanks to newfound confidence
- The coronavirus pandemic may have a silver lining: It shows how insanely resourceful kids really are.
- Let Grow, a non-profit promoting independence as a critical part of childhood, ran an "Independence Challenge" essay contest for kids. Here are a few of the amazing essays that came in.
- Download Let Grow's free Independence Kit with ideas for kids.
Philosophers like to present their works as if everything before it was wrong. Sometimes, they even say they have ended the need for more philosophy. So, what happens when somebody realizes they were mistaken?
Sometimes philosophers are wrong and admitting that you could be wrong is a big part of being a real philosopher. While most philosophers make minor adjustments to their arguments to correct for mistakes, others make large shifts in their thinking. Here, we have four philosophers who went back on what they said earlier in often radical ways.
We must rethink the "chemical imbalance" theory of mental health.
- A new review found that withdrawal symptoms from antidepressants and antipsychotics can last for over a year.
- Side effects from SSRIs, SNRIs, and antipsychotics last longer than benzodiazepines like Valium or Prozac.
- The global antidepressant market is expected to reach $28.6 billion this year.
Or is doubt a self-fulfilling prophecy?