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Understanding Body Language by Max Eggert

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Chapter 6: How to control anxiety

Making our butterflies fly in formation

Because our true feelings leak out so quickly and our anxiety is genuine, control here is difficult, but there are some strategies that we can employ – more like camouflage rather than eradication.

Here I quote extensively from a graduation speech given at Sydney University.1

brilliant example

I once heard about a study of anxiety levels in paratroopers. What the researcher did was to attach an instrument to people parachuting out of planes. This instrument measured anxiety levels, heart rate, breathing rate and so on. ...

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