FIGHT OR FLIGHT?

21ST CENTURY. Monday morning. You are stuck in a motorway traffic jam on your way to work. There are cars in front of you, there are cars behind you. No movement at all! You will be late for work, that’s for sure. And you have an important meeting with a…

Continue Reading

WHAT IS A STRESSOR?

Stressor, as the name suggests, is a stimulus or an event that causes psychological and/or physical stress. Let me give you some examples of what that means.   A psychological (and social) stressor could be for example time pressure when you work three shifts (work, household, children). Or parenting issues,…

Continue Reading

APPRAISAL OF A SITUATION

Have you ever wondered why one situation stresses you out but other doesn’t? It is because each time you get exposed to a potentially stressful situation, a cognitive appraisal process subconsciously runs in your head. This process was described by American psychologist Richard Lazarus. Imagine the following situation at work:…

Continue Reading