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Worry, Optimism, and Performance

My Nikki, the ultimate worrywart and simultaneously happy girl.

Some of my research on anxiety and performance is now available in France: angoisse (worry), anxiete, optimisme, pessimisme, et cognition.

Across five data collection points, optimism was found to be inversely related to anxiety, but did not predict a stronger performance on difficult tasks. Out of all of the variables studied, worrying actually resulted in the strongest performance for complex challenges such as successfully completing law school.

The Takeaway: Being a worrywart can actually be helpful in the short term to put a fire under your butt, while optimism does not have a significant correlation with actual success. Worry can sometimes make us get difficult things done.

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