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On the last track we discussed how the body copes with stress. This information may benefit your client in understanding how prolonged stress can cause permanent damage. Three ways the body copes with stress are through motor nerves, autonomic nerves and through the adrenal gland and hypothalamus.
On this track ... we will look at symptoms of stress that generally appear to be unique to male stress. Generally speaking there are two types of stress symptoms regarding male stress. Two types of stress symptoms are common symptoms and symptoms unique to men.
#1 Common Symptoms
When men themselves were asked about their physical symptoms of stress, Greg found that one of the few symptoms they consistently reported noticing was that they perspired more under stress! I asked Greg, "What about all the symptoms reported by the women?" Greg stated, "I find that men acknowledge them, but do not usually attribute them to stress; they tend to attribute them simply to age or fatigue."
Would you agree that men seem to add new stress symptoms to old ones as they age? For example, does your male workaholic client think each is a sign of a malignancy or premature aging rather than stress? I find that in clients who attribute physical signs of stress to illness or aging, fears will compound their stresses and multiply their symptoms. If male stress clients are avoiding medical checkups as well, more serious stress-related disorders may actually develop.
#2 Symptoms Unique to Men
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Some of these ailments and disorders relate to the male physiology. Some reflect social, sexual, and psychological demands associated with being a man in this culture. Some are affected by early upbringing and developmental history. Some reflect lifestyle. And some are brought on by the life changes and events that are part of a man’s experience.
Clearly, each of your male client’s stress factors effects his stress level. How do you relate your client’s physical symptoms to his stress levels? You might try the Laugh at Stress Exercise.
Exercise: Laugh at Stress
Would you agree that laughter is one of the best ways to open a blocked acceptor. Perhaps your male stress client might, for example, make a point of telling or exchanging two jokes a day. Could he ask people he meets if they have heard any good jokes lately? If they tell him a joke, he can pass it along to others. Think of your Randy. Could he benefit from laughing at stress? Perhaps playing this track for your client might help.
On this track... we discussed male stress. We discussed how stress is different for male clients. Our discussion included physical signs of stress and how those physical signs of stress are perceived differently by women and men. We also looked at symptoms of stress that generally appear to be unique to male stress. We examined two types of stress symptoms regarding male stress. Two types of stress symptoms are common symptoms and symptoms unique to men.
On the next track we will discuss the Responsibility Factor. The Responsibility Factor is comprised of three main elements. The three main elements of the Responsibility Factor are decision making, early assertiveness training, and specific stresses. This track will identify four specific stresses. The four specific stresses we will discuss are stress of anticipation, stress of visibility, stress of success, and stress of failure.
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