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According to Seward, neustress, is neither positive nor negative. It refers to events that have no actual impact on a person. Seward defines neustress as “any kind of information or sensory stimulus that is perceived as unimportant or inconsequential,” (Seward, 2012, p. 9). Another stress type, eustress, is a positive type of stress. It is “any stressor that motivates an individual towards an optimal level of performance or health,” (Seward, 2012, p. 9). While stress is often looked at in a negative light, this second type of stress refers to the positive aspects of it. An individual who experiences eustress may find motivation from it. Eustress is most commonly involved with positive events, such as meeting one’s hero, or other nonthreatening situations. Conversely, the third type, distress, is defined as “the unfavorable or negative interpretation of an event to be threatening that promotes continued feelings of fear or anger,” (Seward, 2012, p. 9). This type of stress is what most people refer to when describing or talking about stress. It is the negative feeling that a person associates with stressors in their life. Further, there are two types of distress – acute stress and chronic stress. Acute stress does not last very long, but seems unbearable in the moment. Seward gives a great example of a situation in which one might experience acute stress:
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3 “With a quick glance in your rearview mirror you see flashing blue lights. Yikes! So you slow down and pull over. The police car pulls up behind you. Your heart is racing, your voice becomes scratchy, and your palms are sweating as you try to retrieve license and registration from your wallet while rolling your window down
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  • Spring '15
  • KenRavizza
  • Stress, Relaxation technique, Seward

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