Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Performing Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry

If you peruse the local bookstore in the self-help section, you will find hundreds of books on how to handle stress, pressure and anxiety in your home life and at work.  I have to admit I have read a large number of these books, mainly out of curiosity and if I stumble on something that works great.  Most of these books are based on someone’s personal experience and their results.  What I find frustrating is most of the books the examples do not apply to me but this book is different.  This book is based on scientific research, covering a large cross section of people and with many testing scenarios.  The authors understood one method does not work for everyone so they have provided the reader 22 different methods you can use separately or combined.   Before you get to the part about how to resolve your stress or pressure, the authors provide you, in detail, what triggers these situations.  Knowing the root cause helps greatly in selecting which method will work the best for you.  As the book states on page 95, “…free yourself from pressure traps by letting your own values, interests and goals motivate you; value yourself, and focus on what you can control – your own efforts.  Your days will be filled with fewer pressure feelings, less pressure anxiety.”  Who could ask for anything more.        
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review of the book.