Stress Roots from Decision Making

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Are you trying to make a big decision while you are also getting ready for a scary presentation? Feeling depressed transforms how individuals weigh threat and reward. A novel article printed in a journal Psychological Science, reviews how individuals under stress give more importance to the upside of a probable outcome. It might be astonishing that stress makes individuals pay attention on the ways in which things could go right. Stress is generally linked with pessimistic experiences, so you tend to think; maybe I am going to pay much attention on the pessimistic outcomes.

But the scientists have discovered that when the individuals are put under stress, they begin giving more attention to optimistic information and discounting pessimistic information. Stress tends to aid individuals learn from optimistic feedback and keeps them away from learning anything from negative feedback. This shows that when individuals make a complicated decision while going under stress, they give more focus to the upsides of the options they are thinking and less to the downsides. Therefore if an individual is trying to decide, if he should take a new job and is feeling depressed by the decision, he may weigh the increment that he will get in the salary than how he will commute to the place.

The enhanced attention on the optimistic also helps in explaining why stress plays a major part in addictions and individuals under stress have a difficult time in controlling their desires. Stress also enhances the differences in how males and females think about threat. When males are under stress, they tend to become more willing to take that risk, while when females are under risk, they tend to become conservative about risk. Males are more inclined in favor of fight-or-fight reactions while females try to attach more and improve their relationships.



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