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Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,
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Stress Response Styles

It is useful to make an assessment of the habitual response style to stress.  Many individuals will assert that everything is fine as long as there is not too much stress.  Therefore their energy becomes focused on reducing or avoiding stress in their lives.  While this is an appropriate strategy, it ignores the reality of stress being a constant and normal (and potentially healthy) aspect of life.  

The question becomes not "if" there is stress, but what they do "when" there is inevitable stress.  Consequently, it is important to assess not only how they can avoid or reduce stress, but also how the individual, couple, or family respond to stress; is the response style effective and functional?  Or, is it ineffective and dysfunctional (harmful to self and others)?  This assessment offers guidance in the change process in terms of promoting more successful stress response styles.
1) Denial

2) Intensification
3) Avoidance behavior

4) Hypervigilance
5) Passive-Aggressive Action

6) Co-Dependent Behavior
1) Proactive Action

2) Cathartic Release

3) Physical Release

4) Breathing

5) Rest

6) Self-Nurturing

7) Seeking Help

8) Understanding/Insight

3056 Castro Valley Blvd., #82
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT32136
office: (510) 582-5788
fax: (510) 889-6553
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