Why do different people react differently to stress?

Why do different people react differently to stress?

Stress is a highly subjective experience. While many of us are stressed by roughly the same things— jobs, money, being overscheduled, relationship conflict —different people may react more or less strongly to the same situation for several reasons:

What’s the difference between stress and a bodily reaction?

The word ‘stressors’ and the word ‘stress’ are different forms of the same word, but they do have different meanings. Stress is a bodily reaction, but stressors are what create that reaction.

Why are some people more sensitive to stress than others?

Some people are naturally more sensitive and reactive to stress. Differences in temperament, a collection of inborn personality traits that can be observed as early as infancy, can cause some people to be naturally more resilient in the face of stress while others can feel more threatened and less able to cope.

How does a person respond to a stressor?

In the late 1950s, two American cardiologists, Friedman and Rosenman, proposed a personality type called ‘Type A’. The Type A personality is someone who is high in hostility, competitiveness and time urgency. People with a Type A personality tend to show a greater physiological response to a stressor.

Why do some people respond to stress better than others?

Some people create stress. People with a Type A personality tend to show a greater physiological response to a stressor. The Type A concept is important because a hostile, time-urgent and competitive person is likely to create stress for themselves and for others. So stress produces the kind of interaction that increases stress.

Why is stress different for men and women?

Stress can also cause changes in eating and sleeping habits, headaches, and weight gain. Over time, stress can even increase the risk of depression, anxiety, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes. But while everyone feels stress at times, reactions to stress can be different for women and men.

What’s the best way to cope with stress?

Keeping a journal is not an effective way of keeping stress under control. F. Lashing out at others is a healthy way of coping with stress. F. Smoking, drinking, or using drugs are all considered to be negative ways of coping with stress.

How is stress related to an eating disorder?

Possible vicious circles between various aspects of stress response and the dysfunction, in eating disorders, of hormonal pathways such as the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis have also been proposed ( Lo Sauro et al., 2005 ). So the nexus of eating disorders and stress is a knotty one which will benefit from some disentangling.