Health Guide 1 - Chapter 2 Psychosocial Health 1 On pages...

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Chapter 2: Psychosocial Health 1. On pages 30-32 review and know the basic characteristics of psychosocially healthy people listed under “Defining Psychosocial Health.” Also know the components of the dimensions of health discussed on pp. 32-36, i.e., Mental, Emotional, Social and Spiritual Health. Psychosocial Health - encompasses the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health; it is the result of a complex interaction between a person’s history and his/her conscious and unconscious thoughts about and interpretations of the past. The characteristics of psychosocially healthy people include: 1. They feel good about themselves (they are not overwhelmed by fear, love, guilt, or jealousy, they have a realistic sense of their capabilities, and they realize that they are not perfect). 2. They feel comfortable with other people (they enjoy satisfying and lasting personal relationships, they do not take advantage of others, they give love, and consider others interests). 3. They control tension and anxiety (they recognize the causes and symptoms of stress in their lives and avoid irritating thoughts, hostility, and excessive excuse making). 4. They are able to meet the demands of life (they try to solve problems, accept responsibility, and plan ahead; they also think for themselves, make independent decisions, acknowledge that change is inevitable, and welcome new experiences). 5. They curb hate and guilt (they combat tendencies to respond with anger, selfishness, or vengeful acts, and do not try to knock others aside to get ahead but rather reach out to help others, even those they don’t particular like). 6. They maintain a positive outlook (they approach each day with optimism, block out negative thoughts, and look to the future with enthusiasm rather than dread). 7. They enrich the lives of others (they recognize that there are others whose needs are greater than their own). 8. They cherish the things that make them smile (they are brightened by reminders of god experiences and have fun). 9. They value diversity (they do not feel threatened by those of a different gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity; they appreciate creativity in others as well as in themselves). 10. They appreciate and respect nature 9they take time to enjoy their surrounding and are conscious of their place in the universe). Mental Health - the thinking part of psychosocial health that includes values, attitudes, and beliefs, which is also known as intellectual health; a mentally healthy person is likely to respond in a positive way even when things do not go as expected. Emotional Health - the feeling part of psychological health that includes emotional reactions to life; emotions are intensified feelings or complex patterns of feelings that we constantly experience. This term is often interchangeable with mental health (mental functioning and emotional responses are intricately connected), and it greatly affects social health.
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Social Health - the aspect of psychological health that includes interactions with others,
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