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School Psych Corner: Transform Test Anxiety by Saying These Phrases

[Source: School Psyched]

Take this quick test:

You’re about to give the biggest speech of your life. One thousand pairs of eyes are glaring at you—you’re nervous. In fact, your heart is racing, your palms are clammy, your breath is shallow, and your tummy is in knots. To perform at your potential, you should:

(a) Try to calm down
(b) Try to feel excited

If you answered A, congrats! According to Harvard Business School professor, Alison Wood Brooks, you chose the same answer as 91% of other adults.

Unfortunately, if you want to deliver a good speech, the better strategy is to try to feel excited. Let me explain.

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