Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stress management

Getting a handle on stress

There is no such thing as a single technique that fixes stress, says Dr Wolfgang Linden, the author of Stress Management: From Basic Science to Better Practice ( http://www.sagepublications.com/).

“Fixing” stress responses makes little sense if the causes are unknown and remain unaltered, he adds.“Stress needs to be understood as a process of individuals interacting with their environment. And it doesn’t help to push techniques if the life context of the individual is not understood,” emphasises Dr Linden, during the course of a recent e-mail interaction with The New Manager .

‘Welcome to the Linden Lab,’ greets the home page of the Behavioural Cardiology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada ( http://www.psych.ubc.ca/). Research conducted in the lab, one learns, “is based on the firm belief that psychological distress can affect physical health.”

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