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Stress is an increasing concern since it is more prevalent in our lives today than it has been in the past due to many of our traditional avenues of dealing with stress being no longer readily available to us as well as the many new stresses caused by modern life These include the increasing crowding of todays cities the fact that the stresses in todays life are largely implied and that there is no physical way to take them out as well as anticipation often being more stressful than the event itself In todays increasingly urbanized world one can see that people are becoming more crowded together and so stimuli such as noise are amplified by the close proximity to one another People in the city tend to be overstimulated however and this causes them to try to block out whatever excess they can such as ignoring people who they see walking down the street The overcrowding in todays gargantuan cities has amplified the problems of substance abuse alcoholism crime and mental illness in comparison with areas that have the population density of rural areas and villages This was shown although to quite an extreme in a study performed by John Calhoun at the United States National Institute Of Mental Health in which he let loose a half dozen pregnant female rats into a quarter acre pen sufficient for supporting 5000 rats Though even after 3 years the population had never risen over 150 this was due to some of the first generation males staking out large claims to the territory and forcing the remainder aside from their mates to live in a huddled mass In this huddled mass chaos ensued with groups forming to beat others at random some becoming cannibalistic or showing homosexual behaviour and some becoming completely passive and withdrawn After Calhoun had terminated the experiment he came up with a term for the huddled mass which he called a behavioural
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