Terri Egan and Suzanne Lahl Comment on the Brain-Savvy Way that Women Respond to Stress

April 20, 2016  | 1 min read
Workplace stress is costly and it can also be deadly says Dr. Terri Egan, associate professor of applied behavioral science and Suzanne Lahl, supporting faculty member at the Graziadio School. It is particularly hazardous for women who often have the additional stress of juggling their work life sandwiched between duties of parenting and caring for elderly parents. While optimal levels of stress motivate us to perform at our best, too much stress has negative consequences on our work performance, physical health and mental well-being. In their latest blog on Entrepreneur, they say “while women typically report higher levels of workplace stress, they also have an automatic stress response that differs from men and can be more effective in managing stress. You are probably familiar with fight, flight or freeze as a threat response; but you may be surprised to learn that women have an additional automatic stress response labeled tend and befriend.”