Your heart is pounding. Breaths, quick and shallow. Hands, shaky. Stomach, tight. Are you nervous or excited? What’s the difference?
I choose excited. And it is a choice; one that you can consciously make. A very crucial choice. The physical signs are similar, if not exactly the same. Plus they both usually occur before an uncommon event, normally one with social implications or pressures. But the connotations? Opposite. Nervousness undoubtedly carries a negative connotation, apprehension about the perceived outcome. Excitement, on the other hand, denotes positive anticipation. Yeah, I think that’s it: apprehension vs. anticipation.
So next time you have to give that big speech, want to talk to that cutie, ask your boss for a raise, take the game deciding free throw: Are you nervous? Nope. Excited. Go beast it.
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A short while I ago, as an aside, I mentioned that I might be buying an RV to live in. It seemed like a good idea, so every day I checked ebay to see what sorts of deals were to be had. I wasn't ready to buy, but I figured it would be good to know what's available for when the condo sold.
I sat in my living room chatting with some friends on AIM when one of them brought up the RV idea. While I explained it to them I opened up ebay. By default it shows the most recently listed RVs on top. The very top one was an R-Vision Trail Lite, one of the few models I'd really liked. I glanced over at the price and it was $14,000, less than half of what they usually go for. There must be something wrong with it.
I opened the listing and read through the description. The front "shotgun" seat was missing. No big deal. They'd backed into something and the fiberglass around the tail light was cracked. No big deal. The couch wasn't the one specifically made for the RV. No big deal.
Have you ever gotten nervous before or during an exam? If so, this may occur due to the way your autonomic nervous system responds to your heighten anxiety. In this week’s lab, we were able to familiarize ourselves one last time using the biopack lab system before our final project, designing our own experiment. During this lab each group consisted of two students, a subject and a reader/ record. As recorder, I observed any differences that may have occurred in the autonomic nervous system while the subject answered multiple choice or short-answer questions. Each student had 3 minutes to answer 5 multiple choice and 5 short-answer questions. Also, students received extra credit depending on the number of questions they answered correctly. While taking the exam, my partner and I saw a change in our heart rate when we came across questions we did not know or if we were starting to run out of time while answering the questions.
In closing, I learned so much over these past few weeks and cannot wait to think of something excited when designing my experiment for next weeks class. I will remember to incorporate everything in order to obtain the best results once my experiment is designed. Stay tuned!