The General Adaptation Syndrome by Hans Selye

Endocrinologist and Scientist Hans Selye (1907-1982) introduced the “General Adaptation Syndrome” (GAS) theory in 1936. GAS is the three-stage process that describes the body’s response to stress.   The 3-Stage General Adaptation Syndrome – The Stress Cycle Stage 1: Alarm Reaction The alarm reaction is the initial stage of the general adaptation syndrome (i.e. a reaction to…

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What is Stress?

What is Stress? There are many definitions of stress including – “pressure or tension exerted on a material object” and “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” ~ Google “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease…

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6 Myths About Stress

There are many myths about stress and what you don’t know about stress can hurt you. In the book, The Stress Solution, Lyle Miller and Alma Smith refer to 6 myths about stress. Once you know these, you can change your perceptions and beliefs around stress.   6 Myths About Stress Here are the 6 myths about stress…

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Stress – Portrait of a Killer

The following Stress video – “Stress, Portrait of a Killer” from National Geographic discusses a scientific overview of the body’s stress response system involving the stress hormones known as Adrenaline and Cortisol. Left unchecked, these two hormones can wreak havoc in the body. Questions for Reflection – What did you learn or were reminded about after…

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Becoming Aware of Defence Mechanisms

So you have decided one of more of your behaviours is a problem, not a preference – now what? We need to become aware of our defence mechanisms…   What are Defence Mechanisms? There are a number of definitions including – “a mental process initiated unconsciously to avoid experiencing conflict or anxiety” ~ Google “A…

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