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Under Stress: The Siege Mentality

In Scripture, the word stress isn’t used much, not at all in the old King James Version. In the New International Version, it’s used twice and only once in this context. I’d like you to read over that verse; I’ll warn you, it’s not pretty, because it comes out of the book of Jeremiah and God is speaking about what would happen in the city of Jerusalem during the seige of the Babylonian army:

I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh during the stress of the siege imposed on them by the enemies who seek their lives. ~Jeremiah 19:9

At first, I didn’t think this verse really applied, but the more I read it and thought about it, and thought about what stress does to women, the more application I began to see.

  • Stress produces a siege mentality
  • When you are in a siege mentality, even desperate measures become acceptable
  • When you are under siege, everything is perceived as a life-and-death struggle
  • When you are under siege, those closest to you are often harmed the most

Tomorrow: Pamela’s story.

SOURCE: Chapter 5: “What’s Stress Got to Do with It?” in Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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