Developing Research Which Suggests That Trying to Fight Anxiety May Only Make Things Worse

Why Trying to Fight Anxiety and Negative Emotions May Only Make Things Worse.

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who lived on a farm and was watching his father struggle to get a cow into their barn. The father pushed and pleaded and swore at the cow, but to no avail. The harder he tried, the more stubborn the cow became. Eventually, the boy went over to help. But not in the way you might think. Rather than pushing the cow with his father, the boy did the opposite.

Perfect Shmerfect. The Stage of Practicing When More “Mistakes” Is Better for Learning.

I tried to teach my kids how to play Mario Kart when they were 1 and 3. You can probably imagine how it went. They spent most of their time swerving all over the road, falling off the track into water, getting completely turned around and going the wrong direction, or stuck in a corner (which kind of makes me cringe in anticipation of real driving lessons when they’re 16…).

Of course, such errors and mistakes are to be expected anytime we learn a new skill.