Distress, No Stress, Anti-Stress, Eustress: Where Does REST Fit In?

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


As we all know, the early history of REST research centered around the purported ability of the technique to arouse high levels of stress, in the negative sense of that term. High levels of negative stress — or, as Selye called it, distress (1974) — were indicated by just about all of the measures administered by the McGill University team. The symptoms included, above all, the unwillingness of subjects to continue in the experiment after only about two days; and secondarily, such signs of mental aberration as hallucinations, spontaneous emotional shifts, heightened suggestibility, and deterioration of performance on cognitive, perceptual, and motor tasks (Bexton, Heron & Scott, 1954).


Negative Stress Sensory Deprivation Stimulus Restriction Perceptual Deprivation Rest Experience 
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