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Me? Stressed? Of course not!

Do you think stress is ever good, useful, or necessary? Why or why not?

Do you enjoy having discussions with other people who have different opinions from your own?

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avery11
Jun. 16th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
Stress can be helpful if it kick us into action, but I still hate being stressed.

I love having discussions with people, regardless of their opinions. We used to invite the Jehovah's Witnesses into our home for tea and torment. I mean scones.
spikesgirl58
Jun. 16th, 2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
*We used to invite the Jehovah's Witnesses into our home for tea and torment. I mean scones*

You are my hero, I hope you know that!
avery11
Jun. 16th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
*grins*
a_boleyn
Jun. 16th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
Stress may be useful at times as a motivator but I'd prefer to do without it.
spikesgirl58
Jun. 16th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'd have to agree. It used to keep me super motivated, but now it just makes my back hurt twice as much.
bluemeanybeany
Jun. 16th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
i think stress is bad really, it makes me stop thinking properly and I start forgetting things.

Friggin love talking to people with other opinions! [y'all may have noticed that] it's a super duper important part of the learning process.
spikesgirl58
Jun. 16th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, I might have noticed that a time or two :P
bluemeanybeany
Jun. 16th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
*bows like Sooty*
spikesgirl58
Jun. 16th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
As well you should! Are you all set for the game? It's not one until three here.
bluemeanybeany
Jun. 16th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm ready for Iran Versus Nigeria in half an hour, I may not make it through the whole of the America game as it wont finish to like almost 1am which is a bit late for a work night.
spikesgirl58
Jun. 16th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
You are right. I get grumpy if I go pass nine on a work night.
pactnmmt
Jun. 16th, 2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
I am a major procrastinator which means that I have caused my own needless stress over the past six decades. In my youth, it sometimes served me well. I was able to use the stress of doing something the last minute as a way to super focus on the task at hand and could get my creative juices flowing. I would have an essay or story due the next day in school when I had been given over a week to write it. Instead, I would dream about what I was going to write and get up early, write the essay and turn it in that morning usually with good results. As I've grown older I have found that I get increasingly less focused and more nervous if life doesn't go as I think it should. Stress puts me in a crabby, agitated mood.

Regarding discussions with people who have different opinions than mine...I enjoy them. Sometimes, I can make them see my point and other times they can sway my opinions to their way of thinking. Diversity in life makes for a more interesting world.
spikesgirl58
Jun. 16th, 2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
You are right. Diversity does make stuff more interesting, providing both parties are respectful of the other.
grey853
Jun. 16th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Without some stress many of us would be slugs. I think the main thing is to figure out a way to constructively handle stress and not let it turn into something that distorts and deforms our ability to function.

I don't mind talking to people with different points of view as long as everyone has a handle on being able to discuss without arguing. I despise arguing. Some people really don't know the difference and seem to get very defensive whenever you discuss key topics. When I was working, we all agreed that at lunch we wouldn't talk about religion, politics, or how to raise other people's children. It still left us with plenty to discuss and we could eat in peace without someone having an aneurysm when you said something you thought was reasonable but someone else thought was heresy or outrageous.
bluemeanybeany
Jun. 16th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
"When I was working, we all agreed that at lunch we wouldn't talk about religion, politics"

....you have a very intellectual work office, my lunchtime today was me and my fellow co-workers attempting to come up with a plan to get free capri-sun out of the capri-sun people who had parked their van outside.
grey853
Jun. 16th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
LOL, well Capri-sun is good stuff. I can see why you'd want to get some. If you can get it for free, even better.
terristellis
Jun. 16th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
Stress can be a good thing, up to a point. It can get you moving (especially helpful in an emergency), but if it goes on too long, it can paralyze you.

I love discussing things with people up to a point -- the point where someone gets nasty, threatening, or condescending. I'm usually good at seeing all sides of an issue (whether I agree with certain viewpoints or not, I can still see where the other person is coming from). However, if the person I'm talking to starts to blow up because, of course only their way is the right way, that's usually the end of the conversation on my part.

On the other hand, I've had great conversations with people who will never agree with me on certain issues, and we can argue them forever, but with respect towards each other.

The world needs much more of that right now.
sparky955
Jun. 16th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
A certain amount of stress is, I think, is part of the human condition. Emotional stress if not addressed can actually worsen some physical health problems. So, on the whole, no I pretty much don't like stress and work to avoid or limit it as much as possible.
spikesgirl58
Jun. 16th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
Right there with you, Woobie.
jkkitty
Jun. 17th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Stress can be helpful and okay if it isn't too often or too severe.
I enjoy discussions when others have a different opinion as long as each side is willing to accept to respect if not accept the other's view point.
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