How to Respond Better to Stress: Three “C’s” and one “L”

Lori, a friend who underwent breast cancer treatment sent me a note with this article about stress which reflected how she coped with the intense stress she experienced after her diagnosis.
Not everyone experiencing the same stressful challenges gets sick or overcome by worry and anxiety. . . .The effects of a stressful challenge are not simply a result of the challenge itself; they also greatly depend on our responses.
In the early 1980s the world’s biggest company, AT&T, fell apart due to a change in regulatory laws. Hundreds of thousands of people were suddenly out of work or uncertain of their financial and career futures. Seven percent of the laid-off executives died within a year of this event, and many others fell ill with stress-related responses.
Suzanne Kobasa, a psychologist at the University of Chicago,studied the effects of this uncontrolled human stress experiment and noticed that there was a cadre of executives who, rather than collapsing under the weight of this stress, seemed to thrive during and after the corporate dismantling. Her now famous study identified characteristic traits in these people that she came to call the “three Cs,” which stand for:
  • challenge
  • control
  • commitment

“When faced with a big change, these “stress hardy” individuals responded to it as a challenge; they felt that they could have some control over what happened to them; and they felt committed to making the best of it, for their sake and that of others. Their response to stress protected them from adverse physical reactions.This may not be the only successful coping mechanism, but it dramatically demonstrates that how we respond to stress makes a huge difference in how it affects us.. .” 

The researcher makes an important point at the end of her report: “This may not be the only successful coping mechanism.”
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Lori experienced another “mechanism” left out of the study. This is how she ended her message to me:

“I wanted to share the bible verse below because the love I have received really has helped to sustain me.”

“There are three things that will endure–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians13:13 

This information is from http://theworrysolution.com by Dr Marty Rossman.

Originally posted on Curious to the Max. To see more from Curious to the Max click here.

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