A few weeks ago, I wrote about a couple of mindsets in the Gauthier family. This week I'll cover two very general ones described by Kelly McGonigal in The Upside of Stress. Notice how they could impact writers.
The Stress Is Harmful Mindset
"When you view stress as harmful," McGonigal says, "it is something to be avoided. Feeling stressed becomes a signal to try to escape or reduce the stress...."
Writing can be stressful. Coming up with new material, revising a draft and having to come up with more new material is hard. Creating the perfect synopsis, the perfect cover letter, creates a lot of misery. (That can't just be me, can it?)
"...people who endorse a stress-is-harmful mindset are more likely to say that they cope with stress by trying to avoid it. For example, they are more likely to:
- Try to distract themselves from the cause of the stress instead of dealing with it
- Focus on getting rid of their feelings of stress instead of taking steps to address its source."
- And other things like drink, withdraw, etc.
The Stress Is Positive Mindset
- Plan a strategy for dealing with the source of stress.
- Seek information, help, or advice."
- And other things
More Mindsets Are Coming Up, As Well As Information On How To Move From One To Another
Maybe next week, maybe not.