3. Positive and Negative Stress

Up and Down the Yerkes–Dodson Curve

  1. Michael Chaskalson

Published Online: 15 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119976974.ch3

The Mindful Workplace: Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organizations with MBSR

The Mindful Workplace: Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organizations with MBSR

How to Cite

Chaskalson, M. (2011) Positive and Negative Stress, in The Mindful Workplace: Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organizations with MBSR, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119976974.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 26 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470661581

Online ISBN: 9781119976974

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Keywords:

  • positive and negative stress - up and down the Yerkes–Dodson Curve;
  • working life, stressful - being hard in workplace cultures, to acknowledge;
  • The Yerkes–Dodson Curve - relation between stress and output, as put by Robert Yerkes and John Dodson;
  • relationship between the Yerkes–Dodson Law - as it's commonly interpreted, the idea of flow;
  • preconditions for flow - appropriate balance, between personal resources and challenge;
  • Barry Oshry, in Seeing Systems - core systemic dynamics, leading to personal and organizational dysfunction;
  • stress itself, physiological response to change - good or bad, adaptive fight-or-flight response in brain and body;
  • stress responses - a crucial part of survival mechanism;
  • sympathetic nervous system - chronically activated, stress into distress and trouble concentrating;
  • developing and sustaining eustress - preventing it from moving into distress

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Yerkes - Dodson Curve

  • References