Summary of Choke

What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To

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Choke book summary
Why do some people choke under pressure? Learn how to stay cool under fire.


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Psychology professor Sian Beilock answers many compelling questions, among them: Why do people choke, and what can you do to avoid choking under pressure? Beilock points out steps you can follow to hold up better in a pinch. Some are small and easy, others more complex and systemic. Though the author makes the same points – or the same sort of points, in different ways – her ideas apply to many fields. getAbstract recommends her book to athletes, salespeople, leaders, speakers, teachers and anyone who wants to perform well in the clutch.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why people choke under pressure,
  • What factors contribute to choking and
  • How you can avoid choking when the stakes are high.


What Is Choking, and Why Does It Happen?
Like everyone else, you want to succeed, especially when the stakes are high. Whether you’re trying to score the winning run in the last game of the World Series or giving a presentation to potential investors who can make or break your start-up...
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About the Author

Sian Beilock is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.

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