Health, Stress and Coping Part 1

Health, Stress and Coping Part 1 - Distress When you wake...

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Unformatted text preview: Distress When you wake up screaming then realize you haven't fallen asleep yet. "Worry never lessens the sorrow of tomorrow, it only saps the strength of today." Dale Gray An Outcome Perspective Can Be Frustrating. Some Activators Fuel Road Rage. Inward Talk Is Consistent With The Environment. Safety is in the Eye of the Beholder. Some Stress Is Needed For Optimal Performance. Stressors lead to positive stress or negative distress depending on appraisal of personal control. Key Concepts from Drum Demonstration. Accountability Stress Practice with Feedback Responsibility Distress Learned Helplessness Synergy When Stress Becomes Distress, the Butterflies Are Misaligned. Loss of Control More Distress. Mouse Potato by Day, Couch Potato by Night. People feel more personal control when working to achieve than when working to avoid failure. We Can't Control Everything! Actively Caring People Enlarge Their Domain of Control. Things Have Not Changed Much. The earth is degenerating these days Bribery and corruption abound Children no longer mind their parents Every man wants to write a book and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching Taken from a Sicilian tablet from 2800 B.C. "Horrible hour on how to be a good leader or how to (drum roll please) achieve your goals without killing yourself...I am glad I only attended the last 2 classes after thanksgiving. They were horrible enough. Now I have to cram for the exam because of the classes I missed because I hate the teacher. Thank you very much." "Dr. Geller is an extraordinary professor. I was taking this class as a GPA booster and while the class actually is doing the opposite to my GPA, Dr. Geller actually made me want to attend class...he has an inner light that shines brightly through and should be treasured. Thanks Dr. Geller! " "Dr. Geller is without question the best teacher I've had at VT...He also provides many insights on life, leadership, and views about society as an extension of the material that in many cases force the student to reexamine their own behavior and attitudes. " Diverse Student Feedback (Psych 2004, Fall 2007) 1. I enjoyed you not having PowerPoint. 2. I would recommend maybe using PowerPoint. 3. I actually like the transparencies better than the slideshows. 4. The cartoons made the concepts very easy to understand. 5. The comics are a good teaching technique but they aren't funny and therefore not that stimulating. 6. His cartoons were really funny too. 7. Although the cartoons were relevant and mildly interesting they tended to get very tiring. 8. Dr. Geller has a very interesting way of teaching by using comics. 1. He makes it very clear what is going to be on the test, which is very nice. 2. I did not get exactly what we were trying to learn. 3. His test goes right along with the subject matter which seems very fair...The vocab sheets with each chapter were VERY helpful. 4. The list of words is not extremely helpful when trying to study for a test. 5. Class was very organized. 6. Dr. Geller did not seem well organized in the way he presented his thoughts. 7. He genuinely wanted to help prepare his students for the future. 8. I felt as though he did not care about the students, but only wished to tell us about all of his accomplishments. 1. I found Dr. Geller to be ridiculous...I always felt stupid in his class. 2. Don't let the negative comments get you down, you are an amazing professor. 3. I feel that I not only took an intro to psychology but I took an intro to life lessons. 4. Although your teaching methods were not for me, I deeply respect you and your love for your students. 5. By applying stories and making the material emotional it was easier to soak up...The way you can lecture is good but is increased exponentially by reading the chapter before because all your stories and personal insight is linked with the material so easily. 6. Dr. Geller is interesting enough, and I went to every class, but I don't know why. 7. For some reason I did not like this class. It became a class that I had to suffer through. 1. I advise you not to tell the students that they do not have to attend class, because they will miss out on much more than just the material. 2. There is just way too dam much material that this class covers for me to even somewhat comprehend. This will be one of the hardest classes that I have taken at Virginia Tech. 3. I felt the course to be lacking in substance. 4. The material being taught to us seemed almost nonexistent...I understand what he was trying to do with his little cartoon drawings but we pay too much tuition to be forced to gather information that we are tested on from a shaded cell cartoon slide. 5. I began to feel that he used every topic as a way to project his standards on the class. 6. The class didn't help at all to prepare for the exams...I only went to hear what Geller had to say about life. 7. If you read the text before class it's a breeze. 8. Bom chick a wow wow, profe geller IZ HOT The Initial Reaction to a Stressor. High Tech Cannot Always Substitute for Personnel. This Stress Management Technique Really Works! Here is a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychology tests. The funny thing is that it really works. 1. Picture yourself near a stream. 2. Birds are softly chirping in the cool mountain air. 3. No one but you knows your secret place. 4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic place called "the world." 5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity. 6. The water is crystal clear. 7. You can easily make out the face of the person you're holding underwater. We Can Learn Many Good Things from Our Dog. 1. Run, romp and play daily. 2. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. 3. Be loyal. 4. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. 5. Never pretend to be something you're not. 6. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. 7. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. 8. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. 9. No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and right back and make friends. Stress is Couched in Conditioning. Fall 2006 "I hated Dr. Geller, I don't care if he's one of the leading psychologists or whatever he may be...His tactic of telling students that he had cancer was such a pile of bullshit. He made everyone feel bad for him, when they really shouldn't because if he was healthy, he would be just as annoying and by bringing up the fact that he is fighting cancer would make people feel bad for him so they would like him or something." "The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail." Ramakrishna Personality Affects Vision and Expectation. "The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill Optimism Influences All Walks of Life. Look Carefully for the Silver Lining. Three Beliefs Determine Empowerment. Self Efficacy Response Efficacy "It will work" "I can do it" 1 4 3 2 1. I can do it and it will work. 2. I'm motivated to make it work. 3. I can and want to do it. "The effect is worth the effort" Outcome Expectancy The Acceptability of Behavior Changes. "Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life." Brooke Shields ...
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