Speech Correlates of Stress and Coping
Psychological stimuli are among the most powerful activators of physiological stress responses (Mason, 1975).
Coping and defense mechanisms are able to protect the organism from arousal (Lazarus, 1964) or even prevent lethal consequences of hormonal stress response (MacLennan et al., 1983).
Without proper knowledge of the relationship between these variables, significant progress in stress response is unlikely. Individual responses show a wide variability, impeding experimental exploration. It is thought that this variability is at least in part a function of the large number of unknown mediators in the response. And, in turn, a great number of those mediators are psychological (Elliott et al., 1982).
KeywordsPhysiological Stress Response Mature Defense Hormonal Stress Response Acute Stress Response Defense Style
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