Stress by Nature or Stress by Society, which is it ?
Or is it Ourselves ?
Dr. Albert Bandura, an influential social psychologist, coined the term "self-efficacy" to describe people's internal beliefs about their ability to have an impact on events that affect their lives. Your self-efficacy is your belief in your own effectiveness as a person, both generally in terms of managing your life, and specifically with regard to competently dealing with individual tasks. In the context of stress, self-efficacy describes your beliefs about your ability to handle stressful situations.
excerpt from " Stress: a social issue ;
"Our ancestors used to say that “work is health,” but we now realize that this way of thinking is not so true anymore. These days, society and the workplace put an unparalleled level of pressure on people. The signs of stress are omnipresent, and its consequences are numerous. The stress that we experience every day is essentially caused by several phenomena that are inherent to today’s society, including, among others:
Stress touches all social groups and all age categories; no one can truly escape it. However, some people are more deeply affected by its consequences, depending on their personal, psychosocial, professional and health background.
Research reveals that environments can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working.
The stress of an unpleasant environment can cause you to feel anxious, or sad, or helpless. This in turn elevates your blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension and suppresses your immune system. A pleasing environment reverses that.
And regardless of age or culture, humans find nature pleasing. In one study cited in the book Healing Gardens, researchers found that more than two-thirds of people choose a natural setting to retreat to when stressed.
If you take a Look ,it don't take long before Life gets real tough!
Though the following video isn't center / focused around stress, it has some interesting agendas and is on Stress.org site
|Source: American Psychological Association|
|Research Date: 2017|
|Most Common Sources of Stress|
|63%||Future of our nation|
|Source: American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress|
|Research Date: 7.8.2014|
|Top Causes of Stress in the U.S.|
|Job Pressure||Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload|
|Money||Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses|
|Health||Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness|
|Relationships||Divorce, Death of Spouse, Arguments with Friends, Loneliness|
|Poor Nutrition||Inadequate Nutrition, Caffeine, Processed Foods, Refined Sugars|
|Media Overload||Television, Radio, Internet, E-Mail, Social Networking|
|Sleep Deprivation||Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones|
|U.S Stress Statistics||Data|
|Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress||77 %|
|Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress||73 %|
|Feel they are living with extreme stress||33 %|
|Feel their stress has increased over the past five years||48 %|
|Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress||76 %|
|Reported lying awake at night due to stress||48 %|
|Stress Impact Statistics|
|Percent who say stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional life||48 %|
|Employed adults who say they have difficulty managing work and family responsibilities.||31 %|
|Percent who cited jobs interfering with their family or personal time as a significant source of stress.||35 %|
|Perccent who said stress has caused them to fight with people close to them||54 %|
|Reported being alienated from a friend or family member because of stress||26 %|
|Annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work.||$300 Billion|
|Percent who say they are “always” or “often” under stress at work||30 %|
|People who cited physical symptoms experienced the following|
|Upset stomach||34 %|
|Muscle tension||30 %|
|Change in appetite||23 %|
|Teeth grinding||17 %|
|Change in sex drive||15 %|
|Feeling dizzy||13 %|
|People who cited psychological symptoms experienced the following|
|Irritability or anger||50 %|
|Feeling nervous||45 %|
|Lack of energy||45 %|
|Feeling as though you could cry||35 %|
The Inner Critic / Super Ego
In order to move to a place of compassion we each must dissolve the internal psychological structure known as the inner critic or superego.- elizabethbader.com
A concept similar in many ways to the Freudian superego as inhibiting censor, or the negative Jungian animus, the inner critic is usually experienced as an inner voice attacking a person, saying that he or she is bad, wrong, inadequate, worthless, guilty, and so on.
The inner critic often produces feelings of shame, deficiency, low self-esteem, and depression.[page needed] It may also cause self-doubt and undermine self-confidence. It is common for people to have a harsh inner critic that is debilitating.
excerpt from above site IFS ;
"Jeanette had low self esteem, all her teachers wondered about this. She was musically talented, but had no confidence in herself. She never tried out for the orchestra or school plays. As she got older, this pattern continued and she ended up with minimal jobs. She just assumed that she wouldn’t amount to anything. Every time she had an inclination to reach out and try something, she got a sinking feeling in her chest and gave up on the idea. She didn’t believe she was worth anything or could amount to anything.
One day a friend was talking about this critical voice the friend had inside her. She was having a very bad day with it! Something clicked inside Jeanette as she realized that she knew the voice her friend was describing. It lived inside her, too! It was saying things to her like, “You aren’t any good. You can’t do it. Don’t even try.” She had always just assumed that this was the truth about her. She had never seen it as a separate part of her that was giving her these harmful messages. She remembered how a part of her would want to try out for a play but this voice spoke so forcefully that she didn’t."
At the point in the video above ↑" Why zebras don't get ulcers" ( 1:27:40 ), one can see better the " Need for Roots " , why the purple stage is so relevant yet needs to encompass a larger tribe (society at large), why unity and anonymity have to be carefully orchestrated.
What is the flood of online information doing to us? - Robert Sapolsky /vimeo