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What are #Horizontal And #Vertical #Stressors

“The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”
― Frank HerbertDune

Stress is universal. But did you know it’s also three dimensional?

There are many types of stressors; some that are due to life events and unpredictable experiences through the life span.  These are known as horizontal stressors. Others are connected to the dynamics of your specific life; the values and beliefs passed down through the generations, the secrets, myths and labels. These are known as vertical stressors.

Here’s a fun fact, we have no control over either of these sources of stress.

Stressful, right? It’s true. We didn’t ask to be born into our families, nor did we choose the ways in which we were raised and taught. We didn’t make up the values and beliefs that our families instilled in us, nor did we develop the culture of our families of origin. That was set into motion and carried along for generations before we were even conceived.  Similarly, across our lifespan, we choose some aspects of our lives, but we have no control over many horizontal stressors; loss of loved ones, health crises, natural disasters; these are the things that happen to us.

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