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Ch 63: Stress

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You can view our video lessons to learn about different aspects of the concept of stress. Find out where stress comes from, how the body reacts to stress, and what can be done to make stressful situations more manageable.

Stress - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors discuss the construct of stress, what it is, and what causes it. They review both physiological and psychological reactions to stress, such as the fight-or-flight response and the emotion of fear or anxiety. You will be introduced to psychologist Richard Lazarus's theory of the role of thought in producing stress, in his theory of stress appraisal.

As you progress through the chapter you will study several cognitive strategies for dealing with stress, all of which involve changing the way you think about the stressful situation you are coping with. You'll find out about the field of positive psychology and how it can help you manage stress. Finally, our lessons will review several effective behavioral strategies that can be used effectively for reducing stress levels. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define stress
  • Discuss the origins and causes of stress
  • Explain why stress is stressful
  • Identify physiological and psychological reactions to stress
  • Discuss Lazarus's theory of stress appraisal
  • Define positive psychology
  • Explain behavioral strategies for dealing with stress

Our approach combines several didactic strategies focusing on engaging video lessons to streamline the learning process. Along with the videos come self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts so you can review the materials in different ways. If you want to revisit an important point without having to re-watch the entire video lesson, our video tags will enable you to get to the part of the video you wish to look over quickly and easily. All these materials have been developed by our knowledgeable instructors who are subject-matter experts in their field.

7 Lessons in Chapter 63: Stress
Where Does Stress Come From?

1. Where Does Stress Come From?

Explore the wonderful world of all the things that cause us stress. From school and work to internal and interpersonal stressors, we'll define what stressors are and the many places they arise from in this lesson.

Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

2. Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

Most people have to deal with stress on a regular basis. But do you know what it's really doing to your body? Learn more about the reasons behind feeling stressed as well as common strategies to not let the stress get to you.

Physiological & Psychological Reactions to Stress

3. Physiological & Psychological Reactions to Stress

While you probably know what stress is, you may not be aware of what it can do to you. In this lesson, we look at physical and psychological reactions to stress.

Richard Lazarus's Theory of Stress Appraisal

4. Richard Lazarus's Theory of Stress Appraisal

How can something make one person really, really stressed, and not bother someone else at all? In this lesson, we'll examine Richard Lazarus's appraisal theory of stress, including primary and secondary appraisals.

Cognitive Strategies for Dealing with Stress

5. Cognitive Strategies for Dealing with Stress

In this lesson, we'll learn some cognitive strategies for dealing with stress. This involves dealing with stress in a different manner, but allows us to be more proactive about it.

Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

6. Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

There are folks who see the glass half-full and those who see if half-empty. But it's the same glass, so why does it matter what kind you are? Find out just how big of an impact your answer to this common question can have on how you live your life.

Behavioral Strategies for Dealing with Stress

7. Behavioral Strategies for Dealing with Stress

Everyone has varying levels of stress, but being able to handle that stress can really make a difference. In this lesson, we look at behavioral strategies for dealing with stress.

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