Change Psychology: Buffer Effect of Social Support

recently wrote about building up a resource for Change knowledge here within this very Blog. Finally I got the time to deal with some basic psychological questions of Change. I am looking forward to be able to share those insights on “Change Psychology” with you, here.

People who feel supported by others feel less stress. If you know your friends will support you and there is someone with whom you can talk things through, somehow stressful situations are more tolerable.

Nucholls, Callell and Kaplin (1972) investigated complications in pregnant women suffering different levels of stress. They found that 91% with high stress and low social support suffered complications, compared with only 33% had complications who also had high stress but did have social support.

Terminally ill people who join support groups are likely to live longer.

Using it
Make sure you have social support. If you want to coerce the other person, try to remove their social support, for example by enticing their friends away from them.

Keep talking with different groups of friends. Ensure they continue to support you through difficult times.

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