Use fear learning with care

Fear is the strongest form of learning, but it’s not a good choice if what you are looking for is creativity, critical thinking and innovation.

That’s because it activates a threat state, which means your Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) is temporarily shut down and with it your executive functions. Your body is flushed with an intense stress reaction which also impairs your ability to think. 

Fear tells you what not to do, but it doesn’t allow you to think for yourself. 

What do you do your best thinking? When in fear or when optimistic?