Adaptation should also happen on the mental level. We know already that due to neuroplastic nature of mind, we can rewire our brain cells and find comfort in new conditions. But when we fail to make the adaptation effort, when we take old “brain wiring” to the new world, we see the change as a huge stressor.
In the stress response process called GAS, this can lead to the final stage – death. We discuss stress adaptation and GAS in more details later on in this course.