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Performing Under Pressure

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Apr 17, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 52:25

Guest: Hank Weisinger, co-author of "Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most." He is a psychologist and a leading expert on emotional intelligence. Michael Jordan is the very definition of a "clutch player." Every sport has them. Businesses have them too-the person who rises to the occasion, who pulls a rabbit out of a hat in the nick of time to save the day. We generally think that without the intense pressure of that moment, the amazing accomplishment might not have happened-and the story takes on mythical proportions in the re-telling. But according to psychologist Hank Weisinger, that's all the theory is-a myth. He points to study after study showing NOBODY does better under pressure. Rather, it undermines your performance and the best you can hope for is to manage its harmful effects. That is the crux of the new book Dr. Weisinger has co-authored with J.P. Pawliw-Fry called "Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most."