Performing Under Pressure

Hendrie Weisenger

Dr Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D. is trained in clinical, counselling, and organisational psychology and is the author of nine books, including ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’, ‘The Power of Positive Criticism’, the New York Times Bestseller ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, and senior author of the New York Times Bestseller ‘Performing Under Pressure’. Dr Weisinger has spent three decades helping individuals and their organisations enhance their personal and work effectiveness through innovative applications of clinical, counselling, social, organisational, and evolutionary psychology. 

He is also a blogger for PsychologyToday.com, The Huffington Post, Execunet.com, Lifehack.org and other popular sites. Dr Weisinger is currently working on his next two books, ‘Flying Like Superman’ and ‘The Mobile Skill Set’.


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02:30 How Hendrie’s clinical experience inspired his research into organisational psychology and the workplace

06:27 Understanding the difference between feedback and criticism

11:24 On the frequency of giving criticism 

15:08 The role of praising people

17:07 How pressure can undermine success

18:20 Is pressure a privilege?

25:31 Do some people handle pressure better than others?

28:48 Athletes who choke under pressure

35:46 Coming to terms with your best may not be the best

40:15 On competition

43:29 The nature/ nurture debate

46:23 What role does mindfulness and spirituality play in response to pressure? 

49:25 Breathwork

50:41 How optimism influences your overall wellbeing

54:26 The role of self-talk

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