The way you handle stress and stress can be a genetic issue! Researchers have identified a receptor on the surface of the brain that determines how you respond to stressful situations. Scientists at the children's hospital in Philadelphia looked at the S1PR3 receptor, studying stress resistance in mice and later in humans.
They found that mice with higher levels of S1PR3 were more stress-resistant and used coping strategies to overcome the situation. Those with a lower level were more likely to passively cope and experience anxiety.
Scientists previously had little knowledge of the S1PR3 receptor, so these initial findings could help clinicians identify those most at risk for stress-related disorders.
Another study found that women cope better than men in high-stress workplace scenarios. Researchers at the University of California found that 'warfare' is predicated on testosterone for men, while with women the stress response causes the release of oxytocin.
Also known as the 'love' hormone, oxytocin is associated with elements of the type, or age, which means that women perform better under pressure. In contrast, their male counterparts are conditioned to respond to stressful situations by treating them as a matter of life and death.