4 Fs of Stress: Beyond Fight or Flight

January 30, 2015 9:16 PM

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The "fight or flight response" is routinely invoked as a shorthand way of explaining that psychological stress involves activation of the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system. Too often, the explanation ends there, with the implication that this form of arousal is a bad thing.

The implications are different when the response is considered in context and in contrast to the activation of the parasympathetic division.

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