Why showing stress can make people more likeable
Exhibiting signs of anxiety may make people respond better to you.
Visible signs of stress are often appealing, leaving others predisposed to like us and treat us warmly.
One possibility is that these behaviors help smooth over social interactions within the group.
Producing stress behaviours may elicit a more co-operative response, which may in turn allow that individual to recover from stress much more quickly.
Our mindset about stress can determine its consequences: people who see anxiety as energising tend to perform better in difficult tasks than those who fear the feelings and assume that they are inherently debilitating. A recognition of its social value could just be one more reason to view our discomfort a little more positively.
Stressfulness in the office.
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