“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning and maneuvering.”

—Diane Ackerman26

Have you ever experienced stage fright? Your mind goes completely blank. Try as you may, you cannot bring the information you need to mind. Maybe you get a similar feeling when you are trying to parallel park in front of a café full of people. With so many people watching, a car waiting behind you, and your heart racing, the parking space suddenly seems smaller and you just cannot crack it.

It is comforting to know that you are not alone in these experiences. When our brains detect threat, the chemicals released help us to make quick decisions. To enable this speed, our brain shifts from complex thinking to quick, survival- ...

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