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Jeffrey R. Stowell

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 70: Stress and Stressors

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Stress and Stressors
Stress and stressors

Stress is what we experience through a complex interplay between external forces in the environment (stressors) and our perceived ability to adapt to them. Although often viewed as harmful, stress is a normal adaptive response that helps us deal with life's difficulties and prepare for action. Not all stress is bad, and in many cases it is necessary to perform optimally. This chapter provides a general overview of how stress is defined, its effects on psychological and biological processes, ways to measure different types of stress, and how stress is affected by cultural experiences. This chapter is closely related to other chapters on coping (how people deal with stress) and health psychology because stress is one of many psychological factors ...

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