Review of “Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most”

Performing Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry pushes back against the myth that some people thrive under pressure. They argue, in fact, that pressure has deleterious effects on the individual’s ability to think, process information, and perform the tasks needed to accomplish a given goal. This applies to everyone across the board, regardless of their education, athletic ability, or mindset. The book utilizes scientific studies and modern psychology to demonstrate short-term methods of overcoming the feelings of pressure as well as by utilizing the COTE (Confidence, Optimism, Tenacity, and Enthusiasm) method which takes a long term approach to learning to deal properly with stress and pressure. I found this to be a thoroughly engaging book even as I found myself disagreeing with some aspects of the material. Overall, the tips offered here are very valuable and the dissection of the nature and role of stress and pressure is invaluable to anyone who deals with pressure on a consistent basis.

***A review copy of this book was provided to me by Bloggingforbooks for my unbiased review.***


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