• David Griffiths
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series


The experience and management of stress is of obvious importance to both psychologists and doctors. Stress is an inevitable part of life, and is involved in a wide range of experiences, such as birth or death; changes affecting education, work and home; legal proceedings and convictions; courtship, marriage and, for some, separation and divorce. Even experiences which are generally seen to be pleasant can also involve varying degrees of stress. For example, most of the people involved in weddings would agree that the enjoyment is generally diluted with varying degrees of stress associated with planning, organization, punctuality, speech making and many other factors. The honeymoon period, for many young couples, might be less rosy than they have expected since it involves the first steps in the adjustment to the more-or-less constant presence of their partner. On a day-to-day basis, life is rarely without the minor irritations of work, school and home worries, physical ailments and interpersonal discord.


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Annotated reading

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