Lecture 15 (November 1st, 2012)

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Unformatted text preview: resiliency (ability to cope with stress and return to your normal state of functioning). Social Support: There are four basic types of social support: • Tangible support: providing help, taking on some of the responsibilities of the person, • • • Informational support: telling the person what to do, offering advice Esteem support: telling the purspon you believe in them, building their confidence, Emotional support: Physical comfort (hugs), telling the person you understand them. Emotional disclosure can involve talking or writing about emotional events. • Writing about emotional events can help people better understand the events and move on from them. James Pennebaker: "Emotional upheavals touch every part of our lives... You don't just lose a job, you just don't get divorced. These things affect all aspects of who we are - our financial situation, our relationships with others, our views of ourselves, our issues of life and death. Writing helps s focus and organize the experience.” Exercise: • • • • Associated with all kinds of benefits, including reduced stress and depression, As little as 10 minutes of exercise can enhance your mood and mental energy, Also has significant cognitive benefits such as improved memory, Physical health benefits such as weight loss. Obesity: It is part genetics, part behavior. Genetics determines whether a person can become obese, but environment determines whether that person will become obese. Does obesity lead to low self- esteem or does low self- esteem lead to obesity? • There is a directionality problem. Obesity is viewed differently in different cultures and has been viewed differently in the same cultures over time. • A big thing has to do with socioeconomic status. o Where you don't have an access to food, obesity is an indicator of higher social status, which means that you can eat and have access to food. This exists in Africa nations. Dieting: Why is losing weight so difficult? • Body weight is regulated around a set- point, primarily determined by genetic influence. • The body responds to weight loss by slowing down your metabolism. o Bouncing back and forth between deprivation and overeating can be particularly detrimental, • Restrained eaters (chronic dieters) are prone...
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