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How to Control Your Fight-or-Flight Response and Make Courageous Decisions

your brain will respond: fight or flight. And whether you fight or flee can be boiled down to how you’ve been conditioned from past experiences.

A negative pattern of response is known as “learned helplessness.” If you’ve given a terrible presentation at a business meeting, you’ll have a stress-induced flight response in similar future scenarios.If left unchecked, this pattern of “learned” avoidant behaviors will lead to passive and poor decisions. The good news is, researchers have found that learned helplessness can be short-circuited depending your explanatory style or attribution style.

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