An interesting new study suggests that our answer to stressful stimuli can sometimes be totally out of proportion to the intensity of the event. As such, we tend to exaggerate at times even though, deep down, we know we are not doing the right things.
In a series of new experiments, scientists have demonstrated that some people can perceive mildly-stressful events with the same intensity as life-threatening crises. This type of behavior is not necessarily healthy for us, PsychCentral
During MRI studies, researchers found that stressful events trigger the same cascade of mental processes regardless of their intensity. Therefore, it is up to us to control our reactions, and not relay on our brain's innate response.
For those of you interested in learning more about this study, a paper describing the findings is published in the latest issue of the esteemed Journal of Neuroscience.