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LIBC Stress & Emotion

All living creatures have to cope with environmental demands and threats that challenge their physical or emotional homeostasis.

For humans these challenges, or stressors, cover a wide range of acute and chronic phenomena, from direct actual physiological threats to more subjectively perceived (emotional) threats, such as neglect or the imagined loss of status. The term ‘stress’ is often used to indicate the pattern of physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions to a challenge of one’s homeostasis.

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