The Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance

1/27/11 2:20:39 PM -- Boston, Massachusetts   Boston University -1/27/11-   CAS Prof. David Barlow leads the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD).  Photo by Kalman Zabarsky  for Boston University PhotographyHarvard Business Review “HBR Blog Network”
David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

I choked. It was just a middle-school tennis match against a manifestly worse player, but I became overwhelmed with anxiety…

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“Without anxiety, little would be accomplished. The performance of athletes, entertainers, executives, artisans, and students would suffer; creativity would diminish; crops might not be planted. And we would all achieve that idyllic state long sought after in our fast-paced society of whiling away our lives under a shade tree. This would be as deadly for the species as nuclear war.”

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