Ch 3: Understanding & Managing Stress

About This Chapter

The Understanding and Managing Stress chapter of this Positive Psychology Study Guide course is the simplest way to master stress management. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of stress management.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning about stress and how to manage it will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about stress and how to manage it. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding stress and how to manage it
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning psychology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about stress and how to manage it
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Understanding and Managing Stress chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Understanding and Managing Stress chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about stress and its management. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an understanding and managing stress chapter of a standard Positive Psychology course. Topics covered include:

  • An explanation of stress
  • The concepts of eustress and distress
  • Impact of stress on health
  • The construct of resilience
  • The General Adaptation Syndrome
  • Stress and resilience in middle childhood
  • Dimensions of successful aging
  • How older people cope with illness
  • Social support and stress
  • Victimization in social justice
  • Applications of Seligman's Learned Helplessness Theory
  • Perceived behavioral control

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: Understanding & Managing Stress
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

1. 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.

Stress: Definition and Impact on Overall Health

2. Stress: Definition and Impact on Overall Health

Stress, distress, eustress: just thinking about those terms may make you stress out! Don't worry, this lesson will define them and show plenty of examples of them in a manner that will calm your mind!

What Is Psychological Distress? - Definition & Symptoms

3. What Is Psychological Distress? - Definition & Symptoms

Psychological distress is a general term that is used to describe unpleasant feelings or emotions that impact your level of functioning. Learn about the causes of psychological distress, the symptoms, and more.

What Is Eustress? - Definition & Examples

4. What Is Eustress? - Definition & Examples

A great many things in the world create stress, and we are constantly reminded of how bad stress is for us emotionally and physically. But eustress is quite literally a good form of stress that can actually increase our performance at a task and our general happiness and sense of well-being.

What is Resilience? - Definition & Perspectives

5. What is Resilience? - Definition & Perspectives

Why do some people seem to thrive under stress while others feel overwhelmed by it? In this lesson, we'll look at resilience, including what it is, how it influences a person's response to stress, and some major scientific perspectives on it.

General Adaptation Syndrome: Definition, Phases & Changes

6. General Adaptation Syndrome: Definition, Phases & Changes

The general adaptation syndrome is a predictable series of phases related to stress. This lesson will explore some of the physiological and psychological changes associated with each phase.

Stress and Resilience in Middle Childhood

7. Stress and Resilience in Middle Childhood

Childhood can be a stressful time. But what causes children to feel stress, and how can they deal with it? Watch this lesson to find out what factors impact how much stress a child feels, and what properties of resilience allow children to deal with stress.

Dimensions of Successful Aging

8. Dimensions of Successful Aging

What does successful aging look like? This lesson explores factors that challenge us in older age, and what factors help us cope with these obstacles to living well.

Older People's Coping Mechanisms for Illness

9. Older People's Coping Mechanisms for Illness

As people age, illness and other changes can be a major challenge. In this lesson, we'll look at the coping mechanisms that people use to deal with life changes, including the difference between internal and external coping mechanisms.

Social Support and Stress: Emotional vs. Instrumental Support

10. Social Support and Stress: Emotional vs. Instrumental Support

Social support is an important tool for coping with stress. There are two main and contradicting hypotheses about the role of social support in stressful situations: the buffering hypothesis and the main effects hypothesis. In this lesson, we'll learn more about social support and its effects on stress.

The Concept & Cost of Victimization in Criminal Justice

11. The Concept & Cost of Victimization in Criminal Justice

This lesson introduces you to what it means to become a victim and the concept of victimization. You will also learn about the physical, financial, and emotional costs that a victim often faces once they have been victimized. Finally, you will learn what is being done for victims through a subfield of criminology known as victimology.

How Seligman's Learned Helplessness Theory Applies to Human Depression and Stress

12. How Seligman's Learned Helplessness Theory Applies to Human Depression and Stress

Learned helplessness is when people feel helpless to avoid negative situations because previous experience has shown them that they do not have control. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the causes and effects of learned helplessness.

Perceived Behavioral Control: Definition and Relation to Stress

13. Perceived Behavioral Control: Definition and Relation to Stress

How much control over a situation we believe we have, also called our perceived control, helps reduce stress and has many other health benefits. In this lesson, we'll look at studies that demonstrate the powerful effect perceived control can have on our health.

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