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Ch 14: Understanding Stress

About This Chapter

In what ways does stress impact one's psychological state of mind? Use the lessons in this chapter to review theories and techniques relating to stress management and causes of stress to prepare for a test or support your studies in a psychology class.

Understanding Stress - Chapter Summary

Enhance your current knowledge and even learn some new information about the effects of stress and how to cope with it by reviewing the video lessons in this chapter. The lessons focus on term definitions, theories and how people adapt and react to stress. Once you have completed watching the lessons in this chapter, you should have a deeper understanding of the following:

  • A good form of stress positively impacting performance and well-being
  • Symptoms and causes of psychological distress
  • Reactions to stress as outlined by the general adaptation syndrome and fight or flight response
  • The appraisal theory of stress explaining the effects of the same stressors on different people
  • Ways of coping with stress

Prepared mainly by psychology educators, these detailed lessons provide brief overviews and examples that are easy to follow and engaging, effectively taking the stress out of learning about stress. Each lesson contains a self-assessment quiz that you can use to measure how much you have learned and identify topics you might wish to review again. Other helpful features include the opportunity to contact instructors with any questions and a Dashboard that enables you to track your progress through this chapter.

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: Understanding Stress
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Eustress? - Definition & Examples

1. 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 Psychological Distress? - Definition & Symptoms

2. 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.

General Adaptation Syndrome: Stages, Definition & Examples

3. General Adaptation Syndrome: Stages, Definition & Examples

General adaptation syndrome (GAS) is the predictable way the body responds to stress as described by Hans Selye (1907-1982). Learn more about the three stages of general adaptation syndrome and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

4. Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

A squirrel caught in headlights or the cock that fights to the death? Do you know what makes us choose between freezing, running or fighting back? And what's happening inside of you all the while? This lesson answers all of your fight-or-flight questions.

Richard Lazarus's Theory of Stress Appraisal

5. 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.

Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure

6. Coping With Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure

Work, school, and life in general have plenty of things that cause us a lot of stress. If you'd like to learn some techniques that help to deal with these problems, watch or read this lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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