Do We Know Why Some People Feel 'Less Stressed' Than Others Or Just Cope Better With Stress?

Question: Do we know why some people feel 'less stressed' than others or just cope better with stress?

Answer: Some people seem to be resistant to stress, whereas others are much more sensitive to stress. At one level, we can look at this at the level of personality. Some of us have a personality which doesn't experience negative emotions like anxiety, fear, anger, sadness as much as others when bad things are happening. Others of us have a personality which means that we're very sensitive to experience those emotions when bad things are happening. So there's a personality predisposition to be either stress-prone or stress-resistant.

Other people have had life experiences which tend to make them more resistant to stress. People who in childhood have had a nurturing environment, who've had parents who positively reinforce them and don't use much punishment can be resistant to stress. On the other hand, people who've undergone a lot of stressful situations when they were children ranging up to, of course, outright abuse and neglect. Those people are much more sensitive to stress -- they're much more likely to engage in maladaptive behaviors when they experience stress later in life.

Next: Are There Any Genetic Factors That May Enhance Or Reduce Our Response To Stress?

Previous: Are Certain Kinds Of People More Likely To Deal With Stress Better Than Others?

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4672869. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4672869. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4672869. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4672869. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4672869. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4672869.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: In this stock image, a lumberjack is pictured.
Joze Pojbic/Getty Images
PHOTO: Left, an undated file photo provided by the Spokane County Sheriff shows Bombing Kevin William Harpham; right, in this undated photo provided by the Johnson County Sheriff, Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., appears in a booking photo.
Spokane County Sheriff/AP Photo| Johnson County Sheriff via Getty Images
PHOTO: The tires of a Studebaker, missing since 1971, are visible in Brule Creek near Elk Point, S.D. in this undated file photo.
South Dakota Attorney General?s Office/AP Photo