Cortisol. It’s come up quite frequently in a number of books (see previous posts) that I’ve been reading and now, in all places, a TED Talk about body language. Why cortisol? In my basic understanding, cortisol is a stress hormone. High levels of cortisol can lead to damaging outcomes (to say the least). Here is a brief summary article from the Mayo Clinic.
My recent interest in the subject of cortisol comes from a myriad of resources that indicate children who have high levels of stress, and thus, cortisol, can have an extremely difficult time in school. Children responding to stressful situations, and who maintain a heightened sense of stress, are often incapable of dealing with the expectations set forth by the educational environment.
To be fair, I haven’t read thoroughly enough on the topic to offer a definitive conclusion. I can say that this appears to be a trending topic and one to which educators should be paying attention.
After following a reference to a New York Times article regarding body language, I once again crossed cortisol’s path. Turns out, combatting the ill effects of cortisol has been underway for quite some time. The solutions — or some of the results, are fascinating. Think mindset as you watch this TED Talk and see what you think!