Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Buffers against the negative effects of strain

Reading Room
Stress Management
Wolfgang Linden

It may be stressful to know that a widely used but poorly understood word is stress. "When concepts from basic science become popularised, there is potential for oversimplification or alteration of the term that may ultimately belie its origins and add to confusion," writes Wolfgang Linden in Stress Management (http://www.sagepublications.com/).

He defines stress as "a mediational process in which stressors (or demands) trigger an attempt at adaptation or resolution that results in individual distress if the organism is unsuccessful in satisfying the demand."

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