Psychology researchers would disagree. They aren't the illustrious Dr. Peter Venkman. Could both be right?
Strictly speaking, perfect relaxation doesn't help performance. When you're as serene as a yoga instructor with a trust fund, you won't have the motivation it takes to boost sales or production. Performance goes up with stress, but only to a point.
Does this mean Murray's wrong? For the sake of Caddyshack, Stripes and Groundhog Day,** let's say no. Life creates tension. It can take regular relaxation practice and self-care to ease our anxieties. Aim for, "very, very relaxed," and you'll reach the sweet spot on the curve without trouble.
* The ghost of my Psych 101 professor just rapped my knuckles. Yerkes and Dodson said their discovery doesn't apply to simple tasks. I doubt Murray had digging ditches in mind.
** What About Bob? is sadly inaccurate about therapy and therapists. I almost wish it wasn't as funny as it is.
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