Stress & Illness
Worse still, in his concept of the General Adaptation Syndrome, Selye identified that chronic long-term stress leads to exhaustion, with failure of the parasympathetic system (which, to put it a little simplistically, tries to calm your body down and regain a physiological balance). Additionally, the immune system can collapse, leading to stress-related diseases.
The groundbreaking studies of Dr Meyer Friedman & Dr Ray Rosenman are of significance here. Investigating links between stress and coronary heart disease, they identified the kind of stress-related self-expressive behaviours often associated with RED – competitive, impatient, restless and pressured – which they termed ‘Type A’, as making people more vulnerable to heart attacks. Some ORANGE behaviours – ambitious, drive for achievement – also fitted into the Type A profile