I saw the movie, "Buried," a while ago, starring Ryan Reynolds and it evoked an idea. While watching the movie I challenged myself to stay completely calm knowing that I always get on the edge of my seat in tense moments. I watched the movie with the lights off and for once I didn't run to turn them back on. Lately, I've been practicing being calm and assertive and movies are a great way to test ones ability in this area.
Of course, the character in the movie was anything but calm which is understandable given that he awoke to find himself buried alive. This particular character turns out to not be particularly strong mentally given that he had several breakdowns and at one point contemplated killing himself. As most of us know, staying calm conserves oxygen.
This gave me the idea of testing my own mental capacity. You see, it's easy to say that this guy should do this or that when you're watching a fictionalised skit in the comfort of your own home. The question is, what would I really do?