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What Is Stress and How We Adapt to Stress

Psychology 1102 -Taylor's

Arthur Wong

on 2 October 2012

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What Is Stress and How Do We Adapt to It? Taylor Holcomb
Psychology 1102 - 07
Dr. Kristina Brown Stress is in the eye of the beholder. There are three approaches to stress Stress as a: Stimuli Transactions Response This approach succeeds in pinpointing categories of events that people find dangerous and unpredictable, as well as the people who are most susceptible to stress following the different events. Earthquakes Terrorist Attacks Rape Loss of Job Car Accident Combat Physical Assault People's varied reactions to the same event suggest that we can view stress as a transaction between people and their environments. A Break Up Oh my gosh, my world is over!!!! Now, I have more time to focus on me. This is great! A fresh new start!!! Different
perspectives What Exactly is Stress? Stress consists of the tension, discomfort, or physical symptoms that arise when a situation, stressor, strains our ability to cope efficiently. Relationships Pregnancy Money Retirement Sex Death of a Loved One Jail Divorce Illness Children Vacation Diet Moving No Time Unhealty Lifestyles Confrontations Traffic Neighbors Politics Long-Term Illness Bullied Holiday Marrige or Engagement Shopping College Winning an Award Buying a New Car Birthday Parents Health Driving For The First Time Work Traveling Taxes Making Presentations For Your Psych Class Primary Appraisal: Initial decision regarding whether an event is harmful Secondary Appraisal: Perceptions regarding our ability to cope with an event that follows primary appraisal. Problem-Focused Coping: Coping strategy by which we tackle life's challenges head on. Emotion-Focused Coping: Coping strategy that features a positive outlook on feelings or situations accompanied by behaviors that reduce painful emotions. Psychological and physical reaction to a stressful situation. Corticosteriods are the stress hormones that activate the body and prepare us to repond to stressful circumstances. trhnrjgblr Don't Sweat The Small Stuff! These minor annoyances we encounter that strain us are hassles. So, How Does Our Body Adapt To Stress?? Through GAS!!! The Alarm Reaction: First stage in Selye idea Involves excitation of the autonominc nervous system. Fight Or Flight Response The response is a set of physiological reactions that mobilize us to either confront or leave a situation. Resistance Second stage in Selye's idea Adapts to the stressor and finds ways to cope with it. Exhaustion Last stage in Selye's GAS Personal resources are limited and we lack good coping measures, our resistance may ultimately break down, causing our levels of activation to bottom out. Well, Thats Stress Thank You THE END
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