Many different things come to mind when one thinks of stress. It was originally coined as an engineering term for how much pressure a structure could endure. Psychologists may see it as the same idea applied to the human structure, but not only limited to such. It also involves the biological, mental, and physical consequences of stress, and how we cope.
Chapter 12 starts off by addressing that stress may be observed as many different things. It may be seen as a response to a drive in our live, or as an experience that takes a specific toll on our body. The fight or flight response is the physical process our body undergoes when faced with stressors. Our body pumps us up to a physical peak of awareness and ability. Here we are able to either flee the problem, or attempt to solve it.
However, to my interest there are many side effects associated with stress. A constant fight or flight response to many small things may cause a reduction in health, such as a lowered immune system, shorter life spans, etc. It was also found that stress may cause physiological changes even if there is no real danger apparent!
For this reason there is a large want for stress management, and chapter 12 delves into certain methods. Ranging from cognitive control, to making better decisions, to even delving into the stress to become more well informed. It is well supported that high stress correlates with bad health. Many different methods to induce a healthy lifestyle are included to combat such problems, which may be an interesting read for anybody.