How do you react to stress? Here are the 6 possible answers

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Stress. All of us are victims of it in some way. An American psychologist listed 6 possible responses to stress.

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Stress. All of us are victims of it in some way but the response that our body has when faced with situations of tension is different from person to person. An American psychologist listed 6 possible responses to stress.





When we are faced with stressful situations we don't just react with a series of physical and hormonal responses that prepare the body for fight or flight (according to the heritage of our ancestors who lived constantly in dangerous situations) but there are a number of modern facets that we often do not take into account or do not connect at all to stressful situations, including the desire to sleep.

To say it is Curtis Reisinger, a clinical psychologist at Zucker Hillside hospital in the United States who in an interview with New York Magazine pointed out how the body can respond to stress in different ways: remaining still almost frozen, being overwhelmed by emotions, feeling fatigued or otherwise ready to flee, cooperating to resolve the "threat" that hit him or still fighting.

The most striking thing is that among the possibilities there is also that of sleeping. The explanation for this phenomenon is simple: each of us, when facing a large number of mental activities, uses glucose in the brain. This substance provides it with the energy it needs to react but it takes large quantities. This is why sleeping is one of the possible responses to stress: it is about one way the body has to restore consumed glucose levels. This reaction would be more common in young people and in children or infants.

As Dr. Reisinger points out, the old 'fight or flight' stress response is too simplified as there are other ways in which humans have evolved to adapt to conditions of tension. There would be 6 possible responses to stress, in addition to the fight and flight, the following must be added:

  • freezing: nothing is done in response to a threat (for example, the deer remains immobile when pointed by the headlights of a car)
  • Flood: one is overwhelmed by emotions
  • Cooperation or submission to threat
  • Tiredness: cognitive, emotional, or physical fatigue (the desire to sleep is also possible)

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You guys which stress response do you most identify with?

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