We have all felt it. The walls feel like they're caving in (ironic, because you haven't left the building for 14 hours) and you're starting to feel hot. It's crunch time.
People are generally regarded in one of the following ways when under pressure:
1. Those who make effective decisions and judgments
2. Those who take irresponsible shortcuts
3. Those who make intentionally incorrect decisions
4. Those who stick their head in the sand
When under pressure, your brain is trying to make sense of things and it's trying to do this under difficult conditions - i.e. when tired, stressed or overwhelmed. Executive thinking (the thinking required to make good decisions and judgments) occurs when your brain can interpret information in a logical manner in order to make correct decisions. When stressed, it is harder for your brain to put the pieces of information together in a way that serves you.
It's like the time I sprinkled paprika on my bircher muesli instead of...