STRESS – Read Without Stress – 4
From THE HOMOEOPATHIC PRIMER by Rajgopal Nidamboor, 1994
One of the common reactions to stress is aggression. One cannot tell the boss to jump off a cliff. The keeping quite leads to frustration – and the bottled up feelings are brought forth on the first scapegoat available: ashtray, stray cat, or the wife. On the other hand, there are times when a situation demands a less aggressive stance which leads to one bearing agrudge. One has to bear with it often. Because stress can even work for you. It is the psychological trigger which makes us run faster to a proposed goal.
Coping with stress
People faced with constant stress tend to become either defence- or task-oriented. Frued described various mechanism by which people distort reality in order to defend themselves against pressures in the environment. However, most psychologists, more so behavioural specialists, recommend task-oriented coping strategies, which can be summed up in four steps:
- Identifying the source of stress;
- Choosing an appropriate course of action for stress reduction;
- Implementing the plan; and
- Evaluating its success.
Opinion is divided, as some researchers claim that defence-oriented methods could be even more useful than task-oriented ideas.