Anne Brudevold: Psychopathy, Stress and Attachment, February 2015
STRESS IS A MECHANISME OF SURVIVAL.
Stress is a state of tension which has its origin in life’s fundamentals: survival. For primitive man danger was a “fight or flight” signal, which released stress hormones to increase his capacity to carry out one or the other. When the danger was over the secretion of the stress hormones was reduced, the hormone system returned to a more balanced level – a rest modus – and the body and mind calmed down.
In today’s competitive society with great demands and lack of time, stress hormones are secreted at an ever increasing rate. It becomes more and more difficult to hear the “all clear” signal. The state of tension and a higher level of stress hormones in the body remain, and the symptoms of negative stress and burnout increase.
Stress can have far-reaching consequences for a person’s health, behavior and mental state, and can turn into an unfortunate vicious circle affecting family, friends, work, social skills, your financial situation etcetera.
Many of our common illnesses are stress-related, such as osteo-muscular pains, depression, cardiovascular diseases, sleep-related problems, fatigue and weakened immune systems.
The challenge lies in learning to discover when one has entered this state of stress and how to find the off-button.
You can read more about stress in Anne Brudevold’s book which was published in Norwegian Spring 2008 by Noras Ark publishing house, Norway. It was translated into English in 2010 by Edwina Reiler, and for sale in all bookstores and on nett from 17th. of June 2014.
Translated by Edwina Reiler
Stress is due to more than the fact that we don’t have time. We can be stressed because we feel that we cannot meet the challenges facing us, because we have a problem saying no, or because we have a guilty conscience.
This book gives you the tools with which to recognize what stresses you and what you can do about it. It explains how the brain reacts to stress and how it affects the body. If we are living in a chronic state of stress, we risk getting ill. Here you will be given off-buttons which can help you to lower your shoulders and get rid of the stress in your body.
Anne Brudevold is a psychologist and Mensendieck physiotherapist.
Chapter 1 What is stress?
Stress as a state of tension
The all-clear signal doesn’t sound
Stress is expensive
Chapter 2 A survival mechanism
Two separate brains
A foot in each camp
The sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system
Stress hormones have priority
Chapter 3 Stress is an expensive gift
Stress calms anxiety
Unconscious defence mechanisms
Solution and result
Chapter 4 Stress sneaks up on you
Changed breathing pattern
Blood pressure increases
Kidneys secrete salt
The immune system
Diabetes type 2
Why do some people develop stress systems and others don’t?
Chapter 5 Lifestyle as stress prevention
The little moment of relaxation
Chapter 6 Meeting stress – your internal base
Consciousness and presence
The importance of your thoughts
How to center yourself
Self reflection and self insight
Chapter 7 Meeting stress – the external circumstances
Be conscious of your own strength
The common denominator
Chapter 8 Children’s attachment, equality and stress
The importance of attachment
The brain’s development and stress
The child’s need for care and mother
The child’s need to come first
How to value your individuality
The little moment of relaxation