The Distraction of Subtle Threats

Subtle threats to any kind of personal security can become a distraction, especially if that security is threatened in the moment. Threats to a basic need being met can use up precious bandwidth within our mind. The best example is that we cannot concentrate well when we are hungry. Our mind may know that we are not actually starving but our body feels as if we are. Our behavior and mood quickly change as we become “hangry”. This is called a state of deprivation.

Whenever a need is not met, we enter a state of deprivation. This state limits our ability to be a great teammate because our thoughts are dominated by our innate inability to think of anything but what our body and mind thinks it needs immediately.

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