What do you think? I'm not referring to the situations that cause stress, but rather the more fundamental reason why we as humans stress? I noticed lately that I stress immensely about grades. And the more I stress over it, the more I push myself to achieve better results. It get to this point where I can't take it anymore, and tell myself to stop stressing and worrying so much. Wherein I instantly feel better, but then my upcoming tests for the week suffer. So is stress a built in mechanism to help push us to the limits to achieve the most we can? Is stress instilled in our DNA so we keep pushing ourselves to the limits primarily for the survival of our species? edit: pardon my literary skills. It's 2 in the morning, I can't think straight.