Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stress hardiness and the Brain

Did you know that stress hardiness has a lot to do with what goes on inside your brain? Dr. Suzanne Kobasa and colleagues studied business exectives and lawyers. They found that those with a great deal of life stress could be protected from physical illness by a combination of three attitudes:

1. Commitment - an attitude of curiosity and involvement in whatever is happening

2. Control - the belief that they can influence events, coupled with a willing to act on that belief rather than be a victim of circumstances (the opposite of helplessness)

3. Challenge - the belief that life's changes stimulate personal growth instead of threatening the status quo


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