Control and the Human Stress Response

  • Eileen R. Potocki
  • George S. EverlyJr.
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


It was the purpose of the preceding chapter to sensitize the reader to the notion that the patient’s personologic style (personality) serves as a critical epiphenomenological factor in the etiology and treatment of stress-related disorders. In concert with this view, Lazarus (1975) has stated that personality-based idiosycrasies determine the manner in which an individual appraises and interprets his/or her environment. Further, Lazarus argues that personologic variations determine the subsequent experienced emotion, as well as influence the target-organ arousal that is ultimately experienced by the individual. Thus, it may be argued that personologic factors serve as a critical form of “filtering mechanism” that serves to shape one’s idiosyncratic reality.


Inescapable Shock Uncontrollable Event Verbal Persuasion Escapable Shock Client Locus 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eileen R. Potocki
    • 1
  • George S. EverlyJr.
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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