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Women and Stress

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 3, 2010

Genesis 2:20, “So the man gave names to all the live stock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.  But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.  Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man and he brought her to the man.”

Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animal the lord God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”

From the beginning, women have encountered stress, even while in the Garden of Eden.  Why did the serpent pick on Eve instead of Adam?  It is palpable; if the serpent had approached Adam, to attempt to convince him to eat of the Tree of Good and Evil; Eve, being intuitively stronger, may have convince him not to eat of it.  Therefore, he chose the person he felt, if he could convince her to eat, she would have the power and influence to convince Adam.  Obviously, the serpent made the correct choice!!! The pressure (stress); thus, was imposed upon Eve.

Women have always been intuitively stronger than men; consequently, they have been the individuals who have endured the stress to make or break a household.  In most cases, women have done what was needed, to make sure those she loved survived.  Even, if we research the women of slavery, the holocaust or any type of subjugated and pressurized situations; females have endured and manipulated their insurmountable stressors and elevated beyond their grasp. Typically, the most successful people have always had the support and guidance of a woman, whether they were mothers, wives, business partners or friends.  Examine the great people of our current times:  President Obama, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush, or Bill Gates, etc; all of these individuals had the appropriate support from intrinsically strong women.

God constructed the woman to be able to handle all sorts of stress, and still come out as an over comer; as long as they have experienced, an oneness relationship with Him.  With the help of God, women have learned to use the resistance they have incurred to propel them to their desired achievements.  The key has been learning how to negotiate their oppositions; as a jet learns to manipulate the wind speed, not just to take off; but also, to guide it to its ultimate destination.

Stress is only resistance; put before us, to help elevate us to achieving and becoming, only what we can fathom!!!

Dr. Steven Haymon, EDD
Psychotherapist/Consultant

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