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"Anytime you have low expectations for performance, you tend to sink down and meet those low expectations. Self-affirmation is a way to neutralize that threat."

SONIA KANG, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

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Sending a text to a partner confronted with a difficult task really can make them feel more supported.

When put under time pressure, people tend to act more like themselves: selfish people tend to act more selfishly than usual, while pro-social people behave even more pro-socially.

  • being deliberately focused on the task in hand
  • maintaining intense effort over a period of time
  • feeling high arousal levels
  • not thinking about the negative consequences of failure.

Those who believe in the potential benefits of stress are less prone to feeling stressed in the wake of difficult life events. 

  • Positive stress mindset: recognizing that stressful challenges can sharpen your focus, strengthen your motivation, and offer opportunities for growth.
  • Negative stress mindset: viewing stress as unpleasant, debilitating and negative.

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