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Performance Under Pressure: Managing Stress in the Workplace by Bruce Tulgan, Heidi Wenk Sormaz

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CHAPTER 6

Optimal Perception: Rewrite

ONCE WE HAVE acknowledge a sign of stress such as tension or irritability, we practice the first two SBRT steps, Stop and Breathe; then we move on to the important third step, Rewrite. In this step, we reflect upon the situation at hand and assess whether or not we have accurately perceived the situation as threatening. If we have not, we modify our perception. As mentioned earlier, stress involves our interpretation of the event. Often, our perceptions are inaccurate or exaggerated; they do not accord with reality. Our physiology, however, makes no distinction between what is real and what is perceived. What is perceived is real to the body. Thus, perceiving the situation optimally is crucial.

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