1 Dealing with stress

by Cary Cooper and Susan Cartwright

lecturers in organisational psychology and health

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For many individuals, joining the enterprise culture has entailed a substantial personal cost:stress. The word ‘stress’ has found as firm a place in our modern lexicon as ‘fast food’, ‘mobiles’ and ‘CDs’. ‘It’s a high stress job’, people often say, awarding an odd sort of prestige to an occupation.

But for people whose ability to cope with day-today matters is at crisis point, the concept of stress is not a matter of bravado. For them, stress can be translated as pain.

Step one: Spot the symptoms

It’s important to be able to distinguish between ...

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