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How to Stamp Out Personal Fear and Anxiety in Ten

How to Stamp Out Personal Fear and Anxiety in Ten

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Published by Hal Wechsler
Ten-Minutes and you free up your brain for
acing exams, presentations and job
interviews. And it is baby-easy to do.
Ten-Minutes and you free up your brain for
acing exams, presentations and job
interviews. And it is baby-easy to do.

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Published by: Hal Wechsler on Jan 18, 2011
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How to Stamp Out Personal Fear And Anxiety in Ten-MinutesDo you ever read articles or listen to experts who sound so slick you discount their knowledge as just old common-sense?What we are too nice to say is their great solution to your problemis too good to be true. When the answer is too-easy, something aten-year old could come up with, we say, No thanks, I will do itmyself.U of ChiThe University of Chicago is a great school, it was started byJohn D. Rockefeller in 1890 to make folks love him and do goodworks. It was a religious thing, pushed into reality by the AmericanBaptist Educational Society with the Rockefeller oil dinero.Marshall Field the department store czar, donated the land for thecampus. The goal was to be different, more European than Americanschools. How? The departments crossed educational boundaries.I am getting there – their first President was William R. Harper, whodemanded professors take the less traveled road and producescholars, not job seekers. The money behind them delighted incontroversy – imagine that. TodayProfessor Sian L. Beilock of the University of Chicago just wrote abook on Choking (up) by folks facing adversity playing golf ormaking financial decisions.She came up with simple, but effective solutions for not choking up inthe middle of life’s challenges. Stupid – but they work.Simultaneously she wrote an article on how to avoid anxiety andstress in taking exams. Again, simple strategies that just plain work.Get this – her scientific solution enable students to improve their testperformance one-full-grade. Example: B- to B+.Solutions1.Write out (keyboard is nice too) your worries andfears for ten-minutes before testing, making apresentation or doing a job interview.1
 
Five-minutes does not work, and glitteringgeneralities fail – you need to express your deepestemotional fears and anxiety in print. It shifts yourbrain from Left Hemisphere (brain) to Right-brainfunctioning.Use words that produce mental imagery(movies) and really get into it. You move forward awinner. It never fails, works like a charm.2.Instead of concentrating on your worries, anxietyand stress - Sing. That is exactly what Dr. Beilock discovered in her experiments. If you sing, you braincannot worry about failing the exam or blowing thepresentation or interview.It causes your brain to shift hemispheric dominance.Your move your thinking from left-braindominant to accessing your powerful right-brain.Righty specializes in pictures, emotions and holisticthinking. You are empowered and win all the ---3.Instead of being a perfectionist, and attempting tocontrol all the factors in your environment, literallyStop! - let go of control over all the circumstances.Avoid Paralysis Analysis by letting go of trying tocontrol each and everything going on. Let your rightbrain take over accessing your Procedural Memory.It owns all the rules and instructions forimplementation at a non-conscious level. Stopputting your nose into the pot and just perform.How?Humming and smiling simultaneously.Three smiling facial muscles kick in:a)Risorius – angle of mouth is drawn outward.b)Zygomatic Major – raises the corner of themouth.c)Orbicularis Oculi – closes the eyelids and formsCrows feet on the sides of your eyes. 2
 
Can you remember Risorius is called the Laughingor Smiling muscle? I knew you could.Hint: Lady Risorius is just Glorious.In psychology there is a concept calledCognitive Dissonance. It says our brain gets agitatedwhen we have conflict between two sets of feelings orideas. The brain freezes up in the face of conflict.If you put a dopey smile on your face or forceyourself to imitate laughing, your anxiety, fear andstress are locked out of your brain as foreigninvaders.You win, and move forward to fulfill your objectives.Who Needs Speed ReadingGraduates of speed reading remain healthier and maybe evenlive longer than the slow-pokes (snailing).You accomplish one thing for a certainty, you avoid regressions.What are Regressions?The typical college graduate, including professionals, lose theirplace on the page they are reading - a minimum of five (5) times.Wait – five-time PER page. It slows you down to a crawl.Your brain is disrupted and you lose your attention-span andfocus. S-L-O-W.What is Subvocalization?If you are a Homo sapiens, when you read you hear each wordin your mind (through your larynx – voice box). It is as if youhave a sportscaster reading to you. Slows you down to a snail.What is Porous concentration?You read the whole page and do not have even a vague ideaof what the writer meant. If you have porous concentration,did you really read the text or are you merely faking it?See ya,3

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