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Chapter 1: Introduction > What Stress is Not: Common Misperceptions

What Stress is Not: Common Misperceptions

Stress is often misunderstood. All too often in the workplace we hear statements that are misinformed. These comments, most likely to come from people who have been lucky enough not to have experienced stress, do little to help combat stress and can on occasion do harm to others, particularly those who are experiencing stress. Here, we unpick some of the common misperceptions of stress:

  • ‘A little bit of stress is good for you’: It is important to make a distinction between stress and pressure. Pressure can be good. We are all aware of times we have been under pressure and most people will say that this motivates them and helps them to perform at their best. But, when the pressure becomes unmanageable and the individual no longer has the resources available to cope with the demands, the pressure becomes stress. Stress is never a good thing.

  

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