This post “Self-esteem: How your body stops you from harming yourself by too much stress” continues with how you can increase your self-esteem by paying attention to your feelings.
Self-esteem: How your body stops you from harming yourself by too much stress (1 minute read)
Feelings correspond to behavioural and motivational impulses that are important for our survival and for signalling our human needs to us.
Panksepp’s has identified three types of major emotional systems:
1 The dominating ‘threat and self-protection’-system to fight for survival
2 The stimuli and resource-seeking, ‘drive-excitement’-system
3 The ‘contentment and safeness’-system to recover
The threat system is often the main cause of stress. It is also activated as a consequence when the body has been overly stimulated by the drive and excitement system, without enough recovery in between.
The system notices the body’s inability to cope with prolonged stress. Often this is shown as vague injuries and other physiological problems due to stress hormones.
The system starts fearing the person’s inability to get rid of the source of the stress and produces even worse symptoms to force the person to rest.
Common symptoms are panic attacks, dizziness and nausea.
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