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Stress Among Teachers

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Write an essay on the causes of stress among teachers.

The term “stress” is borrowed from the discipline of physics. Stress actually
means pressure. It is inner pressure caused by three set of factors as
mentioned below like, endogenous, exogenous and, interaction of endogenous and exogenous factors. Endogenous means internal (endo means inter; genous means origin or genesis) or origination from within; exogenous means external (exo means
outside) or originating from outside. The third set of factors would emerge when the internal and external factors interact with each other.

Stress is a psychological and physiological response to events that upset our
personal balance. The potential causes of stress are numerous. It may be linked to the outside factors such as the state of the world, the environment is which one lives or works or the family. It may come from one’s own irresponsible behavior, negative attitudes or feelings or unrealistic expectation. The causes of stress are highly individual. It depends on the personality general outlook on life, problem solving abilities, and social support system. Many different things causes stress-physical to emotional. Identifying what causes stress is the first step to deal with stress. It is now generally accepted that stress is a multidimensional and multi-level phenomenon which is influenced by personal, situational or structural factors. Studies of occupational stress indicate that workload and communications are significant causes of stress. Anticipation, worry, helplessness and executive roles have all emerged from laboratory studies as psychological factors which influence stress. Several writers concur in finding that pupils’ behaviour (misbehaviour), poor working conditions, especially relationships with colleagues, workload, mainly overload, and poor school ethos are the major causes of teacher stress. There is considerable evidence, mainly from self-reports, that teachers feel ill as a consequence of...


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