Life would be simple indeed if all our needs were automatically satisfied. In reality, however, many obstacles, both personal and environmental, prevent this ideal situation. We may not be fit to be a model or have less money than we need. Such obstacles place adjustive demands on us and can lead to stress. The term ' stress ' has typically been used to refer both to the adjustive demands placed on an organism & to the organism's internal biological & psychological responses to such demands. To avoid confusion, we'll refer to adjustive demands as STRESSORS, to the effects they create within an organism as STRESS & to efforts to deal with stress as STRESS MANAGEMENT.