The Stress Body Connection

In Dr. McGonigal’s Ted talk, she tries to demonstrate how the effects of stress and its toll on the body are actually up to the individual’s interpretation. Dr. McGonigal spent most of her time as a health psychologist demonizing stress, teaching the general public that stress should in all cases be avoided. McGonigal cites astudy in which participants who believed that stress had a negative impact on their health were up to forty-three percent more likely to die relative to the people who did not see stress as a health affecting pestilence (Grodsky, 2013). McGonigal’s biggest idea within her talk was the notion of stress and its affects being completely altered simply by the individual consciously believing it is not as negative as one might think. Simply put, she believes in the power of the mind, that with a conscious effort if people can start seeing stress as an increase of energy to take on a day’s task instead of a pestilence of the mind so that something that is most likely inevitable could be beneficial. In theory this idea seems valid. Stress actives the sympathetic nervous system also know as the flight or fight response which increases ones arousal. For example a side effect is an increase heart rate and ventilation rate, the old Dr. McGonigal would believe this is bad because this could lead to heart issues later in life. However, McGonigal would now say that use the increase heart rate and ventilation to your advantage, with an increase in both of these more oxygen and glucose (used for energy production) is being utilized allowing for a clearer mind as well as increases in energy levels. As a result daily task could be completed with greater speed and accuracy, people could develop a stress body connection to their own benefit.

Dani Grodsky. (2013, September, 4) Could stress be good for you?: Recent research that suggests it has benefits. [Web log comment] Retrieved From

One thought on “The Stress Body Connection

  1. Hi, Zachary:

    The blog posts look pretty good. They could use a bit more set up, though. This one is a bit confusing at first since it’s not clear who you’re talking about or why you’re discussing their TED talk. You’re falling a good bit behind, too. I think you’ve got a good fix on the appropriate length for these; you just need to generate a good bit more. I’d recommend doubling up the pace over the next month. If you’re doing two a week, that should get you caught up.

    Try to improve the blogging format as well. Add an image to the banner or background, for one, and I’d recommend trying to hyperlink inside the text of the post to your source. And don’t forget that at the end your posts will need to all have categories and/or tags.

    Donald Dow

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