Meaning of conceptual stress dr. shriniwas kashalikarDocument Transcript
Conceptual stress is not a separate entity. It is a part of over
all process of stress. We can also call it intellectual chaos or
stress, born out of various other causes, which may be
physical, instinctual, emotional etc.
In modern life where the pace of change of life has become
very fast, we are unable to understand the rapidly emerging
new issues in life. Our conceptual framework gets
shattered and we become helpless and miserable. This state
of helplessness and misery and consequent deleterious
effects on individual and social life, constitute conceptual
stress and it has acquired menacing dimensions!
Morality, ethics, customs, traditions, conventions etc. i.e.
guidelines of past in every sphere of life are being proved to
a large extent; inadequate and also irrelevant.
To give a simple example, cancer phobia [excessive and
unfounded fear of cancer] is nothing but a case of
conceptual stress. Cancer phobia many times results from
inappropriate views, feelings and actions [conceptual
deficiency] about the phenomenon of cancer, its nature, its
symptoms such as pain and its outcome.
What are the symptoms of cancer phobia?
A patient of cancer phobia may suspect that he/she has
cancer, whenever he/she gets pain. If he/she gets repeated
pain, in a particular organ then he/she starts suspecting
cancer of that particular part! This leads to morbid fear,
anxiety, worry, and sense of helplessness.
Conceptual stress involves defective or deficient
perception, deficient ideas, inaccurate thoughts,
disproportionate emotions, unreasonable instincts and
unnatural physical needs, which are associated with
abnormal electrophysiological interactions between
various neurons in the brain. The secretion of different
neurotransmitters, secretion of hormones and metabolic
activities are abnormal and involve deleterious effects on
personal and social health.
Conceptual stress is minimal or absent if you are totally
ignorant and adjusted to a self centered, petty, indifferent,
reflexive, passive, and stereotyped life style like a lower
Conceptual stress is maximum; when your perspective
assumes global dimension, your feelings reach out to the
miseries of the millions and your thinking reaches out to the
mysteries of millennia! Your conceptual stress magnifies
when your heart starts bleeding for suffering in even the
remotest part of the world and even to the suffering of
Your conceptual stress worsens when you actually start
searching for solutions as you come across conflicting
This stress gets further multiplied when you start coming
close to the solutions and begin to encounter difficulty in
This becomes more disturbing when you see every one
turning away from you and your solutions being proved
ineffective, though not inaccurate! Since you are not proved
wrong, you do not find valid reason also; to abandon your
views and mission! You land in an agonizing question,
“Why you are ineffective if you are accurate?”
At this point the very foundation of your existence begins to
shake and your existence almost gets uprooted!
Then gradually if and when you begin to see increasing
matching, agreement, or harmony between your life and
the universe [which in most cases would constitute
changes in the direction of global welfare] your
conceptual stress begins to get relieved simultaneously as
that of the others!
It is true that we manage to ignore some questions, and
rightly so e.g. mathematical problems need not as a
routine, bother a biologist. Similarly, problems in one’s
educational career are best dealt with in the text-books
and guides of those subjects and or solved by the expert
teachers in that particular field!
But there are issues which are a] unavoidable, b] are
faced by most of us, c] affect our personal and family
lives immensely and d] affect the well being of the society
These issues produce CONCEPTUAL OR
INTELLECTUAL STRESS in almost every one!
One of the most practical and super-solutions provided by
the seers and sages; is NAMASMARAN i.e. remembering
your true self. One can give it a trial if one wishes and get
the empowerment to get intellectual clarity and clues to act
appropriately and satisfactorily and overcome conceptual