Mental health treatment is not just for those who are in the midst of a crisis or coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. Seeing a psychologist or behavioral health practitioner can also help you better understand and fine tune your physical performance.
Former Army psychologist, Dr. James Bender says, “A huge part of your physical performance depends on your mindset, and that’s where behavioral science comes in.” Personality types also play a role. Bender explains that, “extroverts or thrill-seeking people generally perform better when they’re more aroused while introverts tend to perform better when they’re calmer, or less aroused.” It’s important to find your personal level of mental stimulation, based on your personality and the task at hand.
To explain more about the mental aspects of human performance, Bender will conduct a live chat on Twitter from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Follow DCoE on Twitter to participate.