The ability to perform under pressure is one of the differences between good athletes and extraordinary athletes. We find the same thing in everyday life as we take exams, give speeches, or perform solos: For some, these pressures can be daunting, while others take them in stride. Imagine having to pilot a damaged plane, or make life-and-death decisions in an emergency room, or fight in combat. Why do some people seem to perform well under pressure while others choke? According to psychologist and author Hendrie Weisinger , nobody performs better under pressure. Regardless of the task, pressure diminishes our judgment, decision-making, and performance.