Monday, February 21, 2005

Tears For Fears: ‘American Idol’ Contestants Under Pressure

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you think the teens on this season’s American Idol are cracking under the pressure, a stress expert says adults in their position would fare worse.

Florida State University professor Dr. Charles Figley claims older folks may think they have more stress in their lives than kids, but they don’t.

Dr. Figley says, “Day-to-day stressors are higher on teens than any other time in their life.”

But while the stress may bring some teens to tears, Dr. Figley says stress actually brings out people’s dominant behavior. That means teens who exhibit poise and self-assurance under pressure will perform better under Simon Cowell’s watchful gaze.

On the flip-side, he says “Those who are amateurs and have little experience performing: it will be far worse for them.”

Finally, Figley says those teens who tend to handle stress better than the rest are the ones who use self-soothing methods like laughter or religion or have a powerful focus.

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