Triggers For Stress

The effects of stress-producing situations vary enormously among different individuals. The totally personal way in which we filter all events determines how stressful they are. The theory of stress must be modified to include the mind-body connections, for such invisible elements as interpretation, belief, and attitude are enormously important in the actual workings of the stress response.

External stressors are basically triggers. If you don’t feel triggered, there is no stress. A prevailing myth has arisen that some people thrive on stress. They perform best under high-pressure deadlines and blossom in the heat of competition. What’s really happening is that they aren’t being triggered physiologically.

Management of stress therefore turns out to be much more complicated than is generally supposed, because a person’s interpretation of any situation is basically projected from his memory–our reactions to new situations are always colored by our experiences in the past.

Instead of appraising each new situation afresh, we slip into old categories. Neutralizing these old impressions is essential, for otherwise you have no control over stress–the stressful event will trigger your response automatically, making you its prisoner.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

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Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

Great article. I don't get stressed about stuff, though.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

thanks. right NOW my stress trigger is my child refusing to be quiet while I am trying to check my email

Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

Stupid people are the biggest trigger for my stress.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Giana Peranio-paz

Thanks. I know my stress triggers but still haven't learn how to avoid them or how to react to them properly...

Kathy K.
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John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks for the re-post.

Stephen Street
Stephen L.3 years ago

Looks like Heidi A. should avoid Vicky P.

Nicole Weber
Nicole W.3 years ago

thank you