Response to Stressors
What is a Stressor?
There are three general types of
stressors that we respond to:
It is our personal perception that
establishes the strength of a stressor. Depending on the current stress
state of the system, the more stress a system currently experiences,
the more likely we may respond to any additional experience as a
stressor. In other words, "The straw that broke the camel's back!",
causes us to experience a grand meltdown.
- Physical Stressors - are the things that directly affect us
through our physical senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.
- Emotional Stressors - are the so-far unmeasurable energies
of other people's emotions and the energetic effects of our own
- Mental Stressors - Mental stressors are the thoughts and
ideas of others as well as the ones we produce ourselves.
It is important to understand that
stressors, regardless of their origin, always effect both our physical
and our mental dynamic systems. The response depends on the degree that
we resist them.
Our body and mind responds in very
similar ways to stressors . The four responses to stressors
Each of these are natural
responses that can be applied in positive ways, and each one of them
also has negative potential.
- fight - is a stress response of trying to push away a
stressor, trying to forcibly change it, or trying to destroy it.
- flight - is a response of running away from a stressor,
avoiding it, or attempting to suppress it.
- peace - is a response of tolerating the stressor to the
point where it ceases to be a stressor, or of integrating it into the
system for the same effect.
- play - is a temporarily or permanently response using the
stressor to benefit the system, in which case it also ceases to be a
stressor to any measurable degree.
Stress Response Theories Stress may be defined as a
nonspecific response to perceived environmental threats (called
stressors ). But a particular environmental change (a demand or an
event) or may be perceived by one person as stressful and by
another as benign.
Stress Response The Stress Response. Stress
can be physical, such as a loud noise, cold temperature, and strenuous
activities. It can also be psychological, such as anxiety,
- The Body's Response The Body's Response:
The best way to envision the effect of acute stress is to imagine
yourself in a primitive situation, such as being chased by a bear.
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