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Forestall Stress: A Smart Way to Avert Critical Mistakes

In stress, human brain acts irrational and often make more mistakes than expected. In this video at TED Talks, Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains that instead of taking a panic action in a stressful situation, think ahead about your failures. He says, “Our brain under stress releases ‘cortisol’ which shuts down a whole bunch of system. Unfortunately, one of the things that go out of the window during those times of stress is rational, logical thinking. So, we need to train ourselves to think ahead of these situations. It is essential to recognize that all of us are flawed and we all are going to fail now or then. Think ahead what those failures might be and put systems in place that will help minimize the damage, or prevent the bad things to happen in the first place.

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