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The Stress Response: An Example

A more contemporary example of a situation that invokes the stress response for many people is public speaking. This may not be a life and death situation, but many of us perceive this situation as somewhat threatening. If you find public speaking to be stressful, you might notice certain physical, behavioral, mental, and emotional responses when you have to speak in front of a group of people.

Physically, your heart might race, your hands become clammy or sweaty, you shake, your breathing becomes rapid and shallow, your jaw tightens, and you might become light-headed.

Behaviorally, you might stutter, look down, or avoid eye contact with the audience.

Cognitively or mentally, your mind may go blank, or alternatively your thoughts might race wildly. You might have thoughts about making a mistake or looking ridiculous in front of your peers.

Emotionally, you might feel very anxious or fearful.

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