Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Definition of stress

The American physiologist, Walter Cannon in 1935 was among the first to use the term stress in a non-engineering context, and clearly regarded it as a disturbing force, something which upset the person’s equilibrium, disturbed the usual balance.

The dictionary defines stress as ‘a bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium’.

The definitions tell that the stress is an active process that involves an action on the system that threatens its equilibrium.

Stressful circumstances are those which do not permit easy accommodation. Because of their meaning and the nature of the information they contain, individuals have to mobilize extensive psychological and/pr physiological resources to deal with them.

Negative stress is an overwhelming feeling of tension, leading to physical and psychological ramifications caused by the individuals; inability to develop personal empowerment skills to mediate effects of external stimuli and internal reactions.

Emotionally, stress can cause feeling tense, up-tight, irritable depressed, angry, self-doubt, loss of confidence, frustrated, overwrought, burned-out, short on patience, hurried-harried, worried and just totally drown.
Definition of stress
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