A different stress response that you might not have heard of could be at play when people experience feeling nervous or apprehensive. In the workplace that may be before a meeting or a presentation, for example.

Until relatively recently nearly all animal stress response research was conducted on male animals. This changed in 2000 when Shelley Taylor observed a different stress response was happening in female humans and animals. She dubbed this response, “tend and befriend”, and it has been referred to by others as “appease”.

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