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Bodies Response to Stress
ACUTE STRESS- Short Term `fight or flight'
Automatic naturally evolved process to protect ourselves.
Eg watching a scary film
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Evaluation of Bodies Response to Stress
Individual Differences: GENDER
Taylor men=fight or flight
women=tend and befriend (nurturing young & seeking social contact/support)
Oxytocin as a response to stress
= less anxious & more sociable
Female Hormone eastrogen amplifies oxytocin.
Tend and befriend regulatory system may protect against stress. Living 7.5 yrs longer
Male = more vulnerable to effects of stress.
disorders eg hypertension & CHD
Consequences of the Stress Response:
Acute repeatedly active