Ch. 12: Stress, Coping and Health was an interesting chapter for me in the fact that it brought up many interesting points about stress and what stress is, what it can do to us physically as well as emotionally, and how we cope with stress.
While we all think we know what stress is the amazing thing to me is what it can do. Stress has been found to not only cause emotional pain and hardship, but the stressor (stress causing stimuli) is left unhindered for a long period of time, it can start causing physical pain. And this is not just the usual I-got-a-cold-during-finals-week but stress can cause anything from rashes to heart failure.
The thing that stands out the most though is how differently we all deal with stress. In a survey taken just 6 months after 9/11 of people in New York City, an outstanding 65.1% were found to be resilient showing no signs of prolonged stress after the tragic 9/11 attacks. Even more outstanding was that more than half of the people surveyed that were actually in the World Trade Center the day it was attacked showed resiliency. I think those stats alone show a lot about us as a people and how resilient we can be even in the face of such a tragic even as 9/11.