Causes and Effects of Excessive Fears, Anxieties, and Frustrations

  • Stewart Wolf


Society has enjoyed a rich harvest of poetry, painting, scientific discovery, and all manner of human achievement when talented people have been under severe emotional pressure. A challenge to adapt can promote welfare and productivity. As Hans Vaihinger put it, “Man owes his mental development more to his enemies (adversities) than to his friends.” Utter boredom would be the price of total immunity from fears, anxieties, and frustrations. When they are not balanced by a productive effort, however, such emotional disturbances may be accompanied by physical disability, disease, and even death.


Sensory Deprivation Digestive Activity Talented People Sudden Unexplained Death Infant Monkey 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. De Chardin, P. T. 1969. Human Energy. Translated by J. M. Cohen. London, Collins.Google Scholar
  2. Dennis, L. B. 1957. Psychology of Human Behavior for Nurses. Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders.Google Scholar
  3. DuBos, R. 1967. Man Adapting. 2d ed. New Haven, Yale University Press. Haldane, J. B. S., and J. G. Priestley. 1935. Respiration. London, Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Harlow, H. F., and M. K. Harlow. 1965. The affectual system. In Behavior of Non-Human Primates. A. M. Schrier, H. F. Harlow, and F. Stollnitz, eds. Vol. 2. New York, Academic Press.Google Scholar
  5. Holmes, T. H., and R. H. Rahe. 1967. The social readjustment rating scale. J. Psychosom. Res. 11: 213–218.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Livingston, R. B. 1972. Neural integration. In Pathophysiology: Altered Regulatory Mechanisms in Disease. E. D. Frohlich, ed. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Co.Google Scholar
  7. Vaihinger, H. 1949. The Philosophy of “As If.” Translated by C. K. Ogden. London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd.Google Scholar
  8. White-Stevens, R. 1972. Pesticides: friends or enemies. The Clipper Magazine 12: 2.Google Scholar
  9. Wolff, H. G. 1968. Stress and Disease. S. Wolf, and H. Goodell, eds. Springfield, Ill., Charles C Thomas.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stewart Wolf

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations