Stress Response Styles

Paula Davis-Laack is a former practicing lawyer who currently runs an organization dedicated to burnout prevention and resilience. As she notes, whether we choose to view adversities as challenges or threats makes a significant difference in our reactions to them. In the article linked below, she discusses five ways people commonly react to stressors. (Heads up: Davis-Laack’s article references a study and her writing may lead you to believe that it showed men are more likely than women to exhibit “tend-and-befriend” behavior. The study’s Discussion section makes it clear that it does not compare males’ and females’ behavior. Rather, it seems that the degree to which men exhibited a “tend-and-befriend” response was surprising, which is probably the meaning she intended.)

Author: Michael Hebert

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