“Stress” is a dirty word in the world of wellness. It’s something to be tempered, reduced or completely released in your weekly yoga class. It’s something we’re supposed to carefully manage — or, better yet, avoid at all costs.
But stress — and its common-law companion, risk — aren’t the bad guys we’ve made them out to be. New research suggests that these two bad boys of decision-making have the power to enhance learning and growth, all while helping us make better choices in life.
For one, they help our brains stop overthinking matters, especially when put in the context of a learning technique called “deliberate practice.”
Erik Dane, a professor of business at Rice University in Houston, likens it to working at the very edge of your performance ability.
“It’s the classic model for getting really good at something, working to the point where you can eventually gain expertise,” he says. “Think of the burgeoning violinist. She will select a very tricky passage. And she will work on that passage, failing over and over again, until she just gets it. Working right around the edge really helps you learn and progress.”
More here – The New York Post