The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper

The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper

by Ian Robertson


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From a world-respected neuroscientist, an eye-opening study of why we react to pressure in the way we do and how to be energized rather than defeated by stress.

Why is it that some people shine brilliantly at public speaking while others stumble with their words and seem on the verge of an anxiety attack even speaking up in a department meeting? Why do some of us sink into all-consuming depression when life has dealt us a poor hand, while in others it increases their resilience?

The difference between experiencing too much pressure and too little can result in either debilitating stress or lack of motivation in extreme situations. However, the right level of challenge and stress can help people flourish and achieve more than they ever thought possible. In The Stress Test, clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist Ian Robertson, armed with over four decades of research, reveals how we can control our brain's response to pressure and turn stress into a good thing. The Stress Test is a revelatory study of how and why we react to pressure as we do, and how we can change our response to stress to our benefit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408860397
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ian Robertson is an expert on neuropsychology and a trained clinical psychologist. He is the T. Boone Pickens Distinguished Scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas. Robertson is the author of three books for the general reader, most recently The Winner Effect. He is a keynote speaker at conferences on brain function throughout the world and lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Prologue 1

1 Why Do Engineers Build Bends in Roads? 21

2 What a New Zealand Earthquake Taught Me About Nietzsche 51

3 Rodin and the Goalkeeper 72

4 Sex and the Suspension Bridge 113

5 How Can Stress Make You Smarter? 150

6 Can Too Much Happiness Be Bad for You? 181

Epilogue 211

Notes 223

Index 237

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