How to Control and Benefit From the Fight-or-Flight Response


If you are like most people and you don’t like confrontations, then you will likely be familiar with the symptoms of the fight-or-flight response such as increased heart rate, butterflies in your stomach, trembling and sweating. Most of us consider this to be a rather destructive phenomenon. When you’re trying to make a point, to be taken seriously, or to win an argument, it hardly...

Psychological Stress – It’s All in the Mind


Too often we overlook the critical role that our psychology plays in our health and our physiology. When people tell us that our wellbeing and performance are very much a result of our mental state, we might dismiss them as being ‘hippies’ or as just reading too much self-help. But really the control that our mental state has over our physiology is something that cannot be overstated...

The Link Between Fibromyalgia and Stress


Fibromyalgia is a highly unpleasant condition characterized by constant pain, lethargy and low mood. It can have a devastating impact on the quality of life of a patient and unfortunately there is currently no known cure. That said however, there are a number of different treatments that can make living with fibromyalgia easier and new research is constantly shedding more light on the condition...

How to Stop Stress With Hypothesis Testing


For many of us, day-to-day life can feel like one big stress. We’re stressed getting up out of bed, we’re stressed on the commute to work, we’re stressed at work and we’re stressed about cleaning and getting to bed on time even when we get home. Does that sound miserable to you? Well it should! And it’s the reason that it’s so important to find every way you...

Should You Get a Stress Ball?


Many people who regularly struggle with stress will get a stress ball in order to help them exorcise their demons whenever their stress surfaces. The basic principle behind this is simple: when you get stressed, you often feel like hitting something which is unfortunately illegal and/or antisocial; so instead why not squeeze a ball and imagine it’s someone’s head about to explode...

Stress Eating – Why We Do It and How to Stop It


We’ve all heard of stress eating and at some point we’ve probably been guilty of it. When you’ve had a bad day and when the world seems to be completely on-top of you, eating an unhealthy snack can often seem like the best way to enjoy some comfort and to feel better again. The benefit of this is only short-lived however. If you’re someone who is currently trying to...

The Three-Eye Theory of Stress Management


We see the world with two eyes but an inner eye processes the input. I call the inner eye perception. Eye witness accounts of the same event can produce different explanations. Andrew Roberts, a lecturer in law at Leeds University provides an excellent example. In 1969 eight witnesses identified Laszlo Virag of stealing from parking meters and using a firearm while fleeing arrest. He was...

How to Recognize and Deal With Occupational Stress


Occupational stress is stress that is caused by the workplace, which is one of the most common sources of stress for many of us. Unfortunately, because it can be hard to change jobs – especially if you have a family that depend on you – occupational stress will very often be a chronic form of stress with no easy solution. As ongoing stress is liable to cause a wide range of different health...

Could MovNat Be One of the Best Stress Relievers There Is?


Sometimes life can feel like one massive long stress. We wake up first thing in the morning to a loud alarm that startles us out of deep sleep, then we make our way to work – in a rush – on a crowded bus/road or train. After that we will drink a big coffee, you know, because we’re not wired enough already. Then we’ll sit at a desk for hours in the same position possibly while getting...

Surviving the Emotional Stress of Bankruptcy


Going bankrupt is not only scary but humiliating: shattering self-esteem, affecting relationships and even triggering depression. But it needn’t be the end. On the contrary, it can mark the beginning of a new life – sometimes a better one. The Circumstances Of course, people go bankrupt for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is self-inflicted, sometimes not. Sometimes they deserve their...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.