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A tightrope walker is performing his act high above a circus floor for thousands of people to see. He has had much practice under the big top but his foot slips and he falls.
There are two possible outcomes in this situation:
Let’s break it down:
Now, recall the stress reaction that you discussed previously. Imagine yourself as the tightrope walker.
- Would you rather have outcome number 1 or outcome number 2?
Without the safety net of a supportive family, peer group, community or similar, manageable stress becomes unbearable and when it happens repeatedly and intensely it becomes toxic stress.