Workplace Stress & Psychological Flexibility

When a colleague takes time off for illness – what is your first thought? Was it ‘they have gone off sick because they are stressed?’ Probably not. Few realise that 49% of all working days lost in the UK in 2016-17 were caused by work-related stress, depression or anxiety. Although short-term stress, such as working to an… Read More

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Training & Response versus Stress & Dumb

“No one becomes smarter under stress,” says Charles Morgan, a forensic psychiatrist at the University of New Haven, Connecticut. “The question really is who gets dumb faster.” The armed forces of countries around the world spend countless hours training their personnel, repeating drills until they become ‘second nature’. Paraphrasing, the military saying is “a soldier will revert… Read More

Does Carbohydrate Ingestion Immediately Prior to Combined Mental & Physical Stress Attenuate Cortisol Responses?

Research Paper Title Exogenous Carbohydrate Reduces Cortisol Response from Combined Mental and Physical Stress. Background Combined mental and physical stress is associated with exacerbated cortisol production which may increase risk for the progression of cardiovascular disease in individuals working in high-stress occupations (e.g., firefighters, military personnel, etc.). Carbohydrate (CHO) ingestion prior to physical stress may… Read More

Combat Motivation & Morale: Differences, Myths & Realities

Research Paper Title ‘Seeking the Bubble Reputation’ Continuities in Combat Motivation in Western Warfare during the Twentieth Century with Particular Emphasis on the Falklands War of 1982 Abstract The subject of combat motivation continues to challenge historians, sociologists, psychiatrists and the military establishment. Despite a considerable body of research, the subject remains multifaceted and complex. Combat motivation… Read More