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Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart NYTimes com


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One particular gene, referred to as the COMT gene, could to a large degree explain why one child is more prone to be a worrier, while another may be unflappable, or in the memorable phrasing of David Goldman, a geneticist at the National Institutes of Health, more of a warrior.

Understanding their propensity to become stressed and how to deal with it can help children compete. Stress turns out to be far more complicated than we’ve assumed, and far more under our control than we imagine. Unlike long-term stress, short-term stress can actually help people perform, and viewing it that way changes its effect. Even for those genetically predisposed to anxiety, the antidote isn’t necessarily less competition — it’s more competition. It just needs to be the right kind.

Filing under “Singularity” because this is the first article where I clicked over to another site to check my actual DNA and confirmed the SNP that says I'm a ‘warrior’ — personal genetics ftw!

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