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DavidMcC's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by DavidMcC

An example of the difference between eustress and distress from my own childhood: When I was a kid, I sometimes messed around in the backyard, occasionally doing stupid things like burning plastic. When I did that, I was subjecting myself to "eustress", but did not suffer "distress", because I didn't know that I was slowly poisoning myself. Thus, the dragonfly might well suffer "eustress" from the "smells" emitted by the fish, and have a shorter life as a result, if they happened to be toxic, but it is not clear whether it was even capable of suffering "distress", which was not demonstrated merely by the shortened lifespan.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 10:43:02 UTC | #885910