How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed? | Daniel Levitin (deconstraction)

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin presented the topic of the ways evading critical mistakes under the stress. However, as the title of the video is “How to stay calm when you know you will be stressed” the information provided by the presenter is considerably different. Consequently, people who are searching the means of self-control in stressful situations will be misled.
Based on his personal experience Daniel tried to explain how people can prevent undesirable consequences in the condition of “cloudy thinking”. The speaker started from the recent predicament in his life. He returned to his own house and found that he had forgotten the keys of his house. Because it was around midnight time and terrible cold outside he had to break his basement window with a large rock. Next morning he had a flight to Europe but under the stress he had forgotten his passport at home and returned to bring it. This was a great example how people encounter a chain of egregious situations triggered by the stressed condition.
The presenter supported his recommendations by explaining that human brain release cortisol in stressful state that overshadows your logical thinking. The first advice is a notion of “pre-mortem” when you try to anticipate any failures. As an example, he suggested to place easily lost things at the same place. However, this is an appropriate rationale only for ameliorating the possible unfavorable conditions of always losing some staffs than preventing misfortunes. Despite such measures, people can simply forget to take the keys, wallets or phones with them. Also, the question is raised: How is it possible to think beforehand about every potential negative aftermath? Additionally, it might lead to more stressful condition. Another author`s suggestion is about cases of travelling, he adviced to take photos of your passport, credit cards, driver license and mail it to the cloud. So, the presenter emphasizes that it might facilitate its replacement if these things are stolen. Two abovementioned suggestions might take place but the speaker did not pinpoint the negative consequences of going them also wrong. The otherwise case is if the phone and online documents get into the hands of frauds it will turn to more disastrous results. This offer is rather pertinent, yet it is commonsensical to prepare a list of necessary things and then check every point while packing.
The last thing mentioned by the author is to recognize that in any tough situation you are not able to make a good decision. For instance, a doctor prescribed you statin, a drug that decrease the level of cholesterol in your body. From the author`s words, this drug diminishes the amount of cholesterol only of one person in 300. It seems unreliable data as it is unlikely that doctor could prescribe such strong medicines only for the sake of giving a recipe. An additional point is that approximately 5 % of patients might have the side effects of taking this drug. It means that 15 people from 300 might be affected by side effects that are considerably higher. Because of this the author alleges very person has to take a conversation with the doctor about possible risks. I ascertain the last advice very relevant and useful because people sometimes do not realize even how they are entangled in a chain of tough situations.
The main claim of the author is that humans need to train themselves to think ahead to prevent these harmful situations. Generally, the speaker addressed the great topic and notions to consider. So, Daniel revealed such meaningful terms and processes as cortisol, pre-mortem helpful to understand the nature of human behavior and reactions. During his talk, the manner of giving presentation was confident and persuasive, and speech was clear and simple. Although, the speaker tried to support every idea by the example, they do not get the reader to the answer. Most of recommendations are obscure and feeble devoid of meticulous analysis. Personally, I liked this presentation as it involved significant issues and new information.


1 thought on “How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed? | Daniel Levitin (deconstraction)

  1. Nice deconstruction post. I see how you address the author’s speech point by point, summarize the main ideas and find a few faults in his presentation.

    Be careful with your use of “ascertain”. It means to find out, or make certain. Everything else seems to be clear and accurate!



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