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Chapter 1. Understanding Stress > Stress Means Different Things

Stress Means Different Things

People think about stress in different ways. For some, stress is related to a set of feelings that gives them an awareness that “something is not right.” For others, stress is basically a series of stressful events. These are predictable events based on the fact that the human experience includes a whole variety of life events that have significant meaning. For others, stress might be more accurately identified as a lifestyle. This lifestyle involves an intensive drive that ultimately affects us and others. Additionally, some see stress as the resulting physical symptoms, including ulcers, heart attacks, hypertension, etc. Being able to recognize that all of the above items describe the same process is helpful in understanding stress.

Below are some examples of the various ways to identify stress:


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