The Onset of Stress
This is a very significant model that has been proposed by one of the greatest researchers on Stress. In this model an individual has been considered to behave exactly like a beam (in structural engineering), which is under the impact of load/stress due to the overlying roof slab. With the increase in this stress/load, the deformations (cracks, breakdowns, change in shape) that occur in a beam have been compared to the individuals under the influence of stress.
This is the very initial stage when the stressors are acting on the individual. Here since the individual is under the Stress Tolerance Limit, so he/she exhibits the normal interaction pattern and doesn’t get affected by outward pressures or sources influencing him.
This is the second stage. Here as the stress level increases, the Stress Tolerance Limit develops some minor deformations on the surface. Due to this the individual develops worries, anxiety, puts in extra effort and shows excessive concern about the task.
This is the third stage when, under the stressors, Stress Tolerance Limit of the individual develops bends and major surface disfiguration. Due to this the individual develops aggressive tendencies and this marks the onset of physiological symptoms.
This is the fourth stage when, under the stressors, Stress Tolerance Limit of the individual cracks and breakdowns. Due to this the individual develops work related and physiological symptoms like lack of concentration, headache, etc.
This is the final stage when, under the stressors, Stress Tolerance Limit of the individual exhibits disintegration. Due to this the individual shows extreme cases of stress influence like somnambulism, MPD (Multiple Personality Disorders), Thoughts and Feelings disturbance.