Common Misunderstandings About Stress—Stress Fairy Tale No. 3

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Stress Fairy Tales--Fairy Tale No 3This week, I’m revisiting some popular myths about stress that I wrote about earlier in this blog, but that most people continue to misunderstand.

In my first post this week, I identified Stress Fairy Tale No. 1 as the common misconception that stress actually exists (as some type of independent mental or physical condition) and that it is humanly possible to directly do battle with it. 

In my second post, I revealed Stress Fairy Tale No. 2—the widespread belief that the best thing you can do to deal with your stress, and protect yourself from harm, is to learn how to properly manage it. 

Stress Fairy Tale No. 3—The Biggest “Whopper” Of Them All!

Now you may be thinking there can’t be anything bigger than the first two Fairy Tales I’ve already exposed—that stress doesn’t exist and that the best way to deal with your stress is not to manage it.

Oh, but there is.

There’s an even bigger and more damaging misconception about stress that almost everyone takes for granted.  This is the notion that stress is an inevitable, unavoidable part of modern life, and therefore, there’s little we can do to live our lives stress-free.

I know it’s very tempting to believe in this story that stress is an inevitable part of life today.  And I also know that this story is indeed consistent with most people’s own personal experiences and the experiences of others they know.

However, just because an idea is very common and is shared by many people doesn’t necessarily mean it is true.

I maintain that stress only appears to be inevitable because we haven’t been trained to properly understand or deal with it.

Instead, our minds have been filled with one fairy tale after another about stress, and this makes it almost impossible for us to discover that we do have the ability to deal with our stress much more effectively.

Things Are Starting To Change

Not everyone, however, agrees with the popular notions about stress, which the majority of people have blindly accepted.  Here’s just one example, from a 1985 book by Richard Ecker called The Stress Myth:

“We like to believe that stress is inevitable—that life is so much more complex these days, that we’re being dragged around by a runaway world which offers us less and less that we can depend on.  But this belief is nothing but a myth, a myth that is at the core of the stress problem….This myth….has done more to perpetuate unwanted stress in our society than any other single factor. Ironically, the main proponents of this myth are the very ones who claim to be teaching people how to deal with stress.” 

Thus, more than a quarter of a century ago, people like Richard Ecker, me, and several others began to spread the word that much of what you’ve been told about stress isn’t really true

And we’ve been spreading that message ever since. 

Yet the enormous power of the established Fairy Tales about stress is so huge that it is very difficult to turn the tide.  Thus, we can only hope that individuals like you, and other readers of this blog, take up the challenge themselves and begin to question much of the entrenched “gospel” about stress.

Once you start to do this, and once you begin to explore the many benefits of adopting a completely new and improved model for understanding human stress, I think you will find that it’s not really as unavoidable or inescapable as you’ve been led to believe.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s three-part series on common Fairy Tales about stress.  If you want to learn more about other common stress myths, please download and read my four free Stress Relief Secrets REVEALED e-books by following the directions below. 

Also, if you like what you learn about stress from these four free e-books, please share this information with your friends.

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Best wishes and happy reading (and learning)!

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