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Stressed Plants as a Metaphor for Stressed People

If you look at an extremely dried plant, you may guess it is dry because of water shortage or water surplus.

One stress leads to another stress. Excessive high temperatures lead to water evaporation from leaves. Water stress results and may kill the plant.

Water trapped in the plant’s cells decreases and the plant needs to adapt by yellowing its leaves and fall down.

Same if plants are immersed in excess water. The seeds shall be unable to germinate.

It is a balance between water intake and loss.

Human bodies are the same.

Humans suffer from water stress, environmental stress, and managerial stress.

Managerial stress like all types of stresses– can cause dehydration. In addition, dehydration can cause stress. It is a vicious self-reinforcing loop.

The stress-induced dehydration can cause severe harm to the human body. Water can form a hydrogen bond not only to itself, but also to any other molecules that have active units hanging off them such as protein molecules. The activity of these proteins is dependent partially on how they fold, which itself is dependent partly on how it bonds with water. Any disruption of this folding leads to denaturing the protein and loss of its biological activity.

Stressful managers can easily dehydrate the employees and “denature them” to lose their activity and engagement. They drop their “manufacturing leaves”; dry and their minds dry too.

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Ali Anani
Ali Ananihttps://www.bebee.com/@ali-anani
My name is Ali Anani. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UK, 1972) Since the early nineties I switched my interests to publish posts and presentations and e-books on different social media platforms.

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  1. What an enchanting metaphor, my friend! “Stressful managers can easily dehydrate the employees and “denature them” to lose their activity and engagement. They drop their “manufacturing leaves”; dry and their minds dry too.” PURE GOLD!

    If I may add something here, I’d say toxic relationships, be it a collaborator/manager or any other kind, are one of the main factors that stop the Telomerase enzyme from working properly according to the relatively new science we call epigenetics.

    The result? Fragilizing the immune system, aging and developing physical diseases including cancer as well as mental diseases that are far less talked about. Abusive relationships may push people to end their life, which could be faster than a fight with cancer depending on how low the self-esteem is, in the first place.

    I know that you know that I am talking from a place of experience! 🙂

    • Dear friend Myriam, What a great comment. I knew that you understand me in full because the part that you quoted from my post is is core of the post.

      Your fragilizing people by stressing them and its dreadful consequences are great addition to the post. Your addition of the ill-effects of Telomerase enzyme is valuable. This is an area that is worthy of further study. I salute you for bringing it to the attention of readers.

      I am so happy to read a comment by you after a long spell of time. It makes a big difference and surely positive one.

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