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Our attitudes, beliefs and personality all play vital roles in determining our response to stress and how we cope with it. In this view, people's personality is categorized in traits unique across individuals that influence our behaviour in different situations. Some studies concur with psychologists that personality traits have significant implication on individual behaviour, especially during stressful situations. However, others add that other internal and external factors determine behaviour. Internal factors are attitudes, beliefs, life adaptation skills, self-efficacy and core values, among others. On the other hand, social support, genetic factors and environmental factors, among others, forms the external factors. It is necessary to understand how these variables and aspects related to beliefs, attitudes, and personality intertwine and may influence a person's response to a stressful situation and their coping behavior. This essay evaluates how such attitudes, beliefs and personality influence people's response through a justification from notable scholars in this field. From a general stance, people respond to stress differently. Childs, White and Wit (2014) note that some people are born with features that predispose them to lower or higher levels of tolerance to problematic situations or stress. They also note that cognitive reactions to situations determines how stressful situations are to different people. Similarly, a study conducted by Vollrath (2001), pose that the responses to stress are characteristic of an individual appraisal of the nature, importance and threat posed by a situation that an individual face as it also determines an individual's ability to manage or cope with the situation effectively. Both Vollrath (2001) and Childs, White and Wit (2014) concur that individual emotional response to stress are dependent on personal appraisal of an individual temperament, the situation and their coping abilities. In addition, and with reference to emotional response to stress, individual perception is also vital. A positive perception toward stress will lead to different emotional response as opposed to a negative perception of the situation. Thus, emotions have a direct impact on how people react and perceive various stress-related triggers. Each emotional response compels people to behave differently thereby affecting how they relate with peers during stressful events. A strong-willed person may respond differently to a person who has a strong emotional attachment to an event. People react or respond positively to stressful situations while others respond negatively to the same stressful situations. The difference arises in the perception or reaction with the optimist viewing the positive side of a stressful situation while the pessimist holding a negative perception. Bates (2015) notes that a person's genetic composition could be influenced by their family orientation and immediate disposition thereby affecting their personality. Hence, a person

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