Stress occurs in the hypnotic state. Something happens to which we react with a negative emotion, and we subconsciously conflate that trigger with our emotion about it.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling the most stressed, often you want to eat more? Worse, you crave things that you know aren’t healthy for you, like candy bars, cookies, soda, or coffee. You know that, if you indulge, not only won’t you feel better, but it will likely make you feel worse. Still, though, you have a strong, sometimes irresistible desire to do it.
According to Judith Acosta and Judith Simon Prager, co-authors of the
book The Worst is Over, immediately following a serious emergency, it’s likely the person who experienced it is in shock.
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