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In Stress and Coping

Do you know about the 4 possible responses to stress?

When you are in a crisis or under stress, your body goes into survival mode. The pre-programmed automatic responses are hardwired in childhood. The only way to undo an automated response is through intense training like what the military, police, firefighters, and other trained first responders do. When your body perceives the situation as stressful, your survival mode of the sympathetic nervous system takes over. This in contrast to the parasympathetic nervous system which induces a relaxed mode. These two…

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In Stress and Coping

How do You React When Facing a Stressful Event?

Many years ago, Freud defined so called “defence mechanisms” to respond to stress exposure. Nowadays, the list of these mechanism has been expanded. The defence mechanisms are unconscious coping techniques, meaning that most of us do not realize that we are using them in a particular moment. These techniques might result in healthy or unhealthy consequences depending upon which mechanism we are using. The more primitive a defence mechanism, the less effective it works over the long-term. However, more primitive defense mechanisms are…

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8 Ways to Build Psychological Resilience

In my previous post I was talking about psychological resilience which can be defined as “bouncing back” from difficult experiences and successfully adapting while facing a stressful event.  Now, I would like to present you 8 ways to built resilience that can be learned and developed in anyone. The first way is to make connections. We all know that good relationships with close family member, friends, co-workers and other people you have to deal with on a day-to-day basis are very…

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What do You Know about Resilience?

All of us time to time face traumatic events that change our lives. The death of a loved one, loss of a job, knowing a diagnosis of a serious illness and so forth are the examples of challenging life experiences.  How do we deal with them? You would say: “Differently”.  You are right, but at the same time most of us react to such circumstances with expressing strong emotions and feeling uncertain. At the same time, the majority of people…

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