Don’t Make A Decision Under Pressure – Fight or flight? Come here, yes or no.
Each of these three problems explains the brain under pressure. It could be your brain, it could be mine. When it comes to pressure conditions, we are all in the same way: binary mode.
In other words, we decide when we are under pressure and, if necessary, in all cases only two options and we tend to simplify two options. In fact, you are programmed to do this and for good reason.
Imagine that you are a caveman or a cavewoman. And if you’re too young for that, think again when your parents are cavemen. At that time, the typical high-pressure situation contained sharp-edged tigers, and that’s what we did.
So the situation is this: you will be sued by sharp jagged tigers. At this point, your brain becomes a binary machine: Trying to escape or die fighting Am I alive? It’s him. There is no other choice. “Wait a minute – or a primitive species I trap clear, I catch the tiger, I brought it to counteract, if I call Lollipop and if I feed two canned tuna a day …” “You’re eating tiger before a word to finish, “he has no time to think. Not perfect. ”
So we were programmed in just two options to simplify high-pressure situations.
The problem with this is, of course, rarely just two options. Sword-toothed tiger was extinct 12,000 years ago but was caught our brains. As he wrote in The Harvard Business Review article, “Hurting instead of developing new opportunities to explore, we use mental energy to figure out how to avoid them.”
In other words, in high-pressure situations, we still use most of our energy to avoid being eaten.
How do you deal with this dual bias? These two techniques may be useful.
Predict a crisis.
Most high-pressure states can be estimated, though not most. When a padlock leaves an employee, a vendor leaves the workplace, a competitor appears with a game changer. All of these situations can be predictable and planned. So either alone or preferably with your “What if? Ki Spend some time playing. What if something bad happens? What options do you have?
Play the game “no options”
This comes from Chip and Dan Heath, authors stable living and better Preferences Here’s How-To. When we are under pressure, we tend to choose an option, even when we consider other options. What Heath suggested is a mental game that goes to something like this: Suppose you can not choose the option you are considering and say, “What else can I do?” If you are not in the case of tigers with sharp teeth and do not really have time (rarely), this game forces your brain to see other possibilities.
High-pressure conditions are rarely good or rarely yes or no. We also eliminate other options by reducing them to a false pair – perhaps better.