How to cope under pressure, according to psychology

What's your "stress mindset"?

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You're preparing for an important meeting, and the pressure's on. If it's bad now, how will you cope when you actually have to perform? Will you fly? Or will you sink?

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Dictators and mass murders: Understanding 'malignant narcissism'

Most of us can't imagine wanting absolute control over a nation or feeling compelled to commit mass murders — so then what is it about a dictator's psychology that makes them different?

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  • The world over, dictators seem to share similar characteristics — a need for admiration, excessive paranoia, and ruthless brutality.
  • At the same time, a relatively healthy, "normal" individual will have a great deal of difficulty putting themselves in a dictator's shoes.
  • It's not enough to just chalk it up to evil: What condition could explain dictators' bizarre desires and behaviors?
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Can 'math trauma' hurt people's finances?

Math trauma can follow people beyond grade school to harm their prospects well into adulthood.

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  • As much as 17 percent of the American population may suffer from math trauma.
  • Math trauma prevents people from engaging in financial activities and may harm their career prospects.
  • Experts agree that developing growth mindsets in students is critical to prevent further harm.
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Hawaiian tweeters displayed heightened anxiety for days after false missile alert

Anxiety provoked by an unavoidable threat — like an electric shock in a lab — increases as the expected event draws closer.

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At 8:07am on a Saturday morning in early 2018, phones throughout Hawaii buzzed with a distressing message.

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Create your breakout moment: Take risks to get the job you really want

By putting yourself out there and overcoming anxieties, you just might land your dream job.

  • When it comes to advancing your career, taking those first steps can be intimidating. Making a big move often incites anxiety and fear surrounding imperfection.
  • Sally Susman, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Pfizer, reminds that the pursuit of perfection can be the enemy of taking that next step. She urges us to express ambition and embrace rejection, which should be considered a temporary setback — not a death sentence.
  • Go for the bold move, whether that means moving to a new city or entering a new field. Taking the risk could lead to your breakout moment in your career.
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