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RR Ch 6.360 - Abnormal Psychology Psychology 360 Fall 2008...

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Abnormal Psychology Psychology 360, Fall 2008 Reading Response #2, Chapter 6 15 points 1. An individual’s physical health can be affected by a variety of factors. Physiological stressors, such as prolonged stress, can result in physical maladies. The fight-or-flight response, induced by stress, if prolonged for too long can cause physical stress as well; these physical symptoms can include headaches, heart disease, ulcers, and others. Often stress can affect one’s sleep behavior, resulting in unhealthy sleep patterns that perpetuate unhealthy stress cycles. In addition, Type A personalities as well as individuals with pessimistic dispositions are two personality types that predispose individuals to poor health. In these individuals, prolonged activation of the fight-or-flight response or a predisposition to engage in unhealthy behaviors contribute to an increased likelihood of poor physical health. Negative events/tramatic events in an individuals life will undoubtedly cause stress. It is an individual’s ability to cope with these stressors, both psychologically and biologically, that will determine the lasting physical effects.
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