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U-M PSYCH 112 - Stress

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Lecture 8I. Because our command-and-control system is psychological, it is susceptible to disorders stemming (in part) from the mental representations we have ourselves.II. Stress as a homeostatic issueWhen people are under stimulated, then we do not perform the task well.Unless we know how to do that task very well.Having too many stressors isn’t good for us.III. General adaptation syndromeEventCatastrophesMajor life eventsDaily HasslesLittle things that happen to us everydayAccumulate over timeWe deal with stress by adapting to themDegree of stress depends on social relationshipStress is intensely personalDifferent stressor affects different people in different ways.We sometimes make our lives harder than it needs to beResponseAlarmFrighten responseInstinctive responseResistanceAll the adrenaline is still going through your bodyExhaustionWhen your body starts to break down from all that adrenalineTypically you would get sick from too much stressAppraisalPrimaryDo I have the resources right now to deal with thisSecondaryCan I get the resources to fix the problemAfter appraisal comes our responseThe things that makes us feel actually makes us feel worseDemographic factorsSingleMaleElderlyLower SESEnvironmental factorsHigh temperatureCrowdingNoisinessProximity to threatsPathological responsesLearned helplessnessWhen you stop trying to find way to find positive solutions to the problems in your life. “the victim”Very destructive in the long runBlaming oneselfPeople with clinical depression tend to do thisFind imaginative ways to make it their faultEx. Children blame themselves for parents’ divorceIts not the stressor is the big problem. Its how you respond to it.Posttraumatic Stress DisorderExposure to a traumatic eventPersistently recalledCausing hyper-arousalIndependent of other diagnosable disorderRecollectionAvoidanceArousal ( hypervigilance)Prevalence in US 3.5%Manage sources of stressExamine beliefs underwriting appraisalsActivating eventBeliefsConsequencesMatureAs you get older, life gets easierBeing young is hard because you don’t know how to think about things.PSYCH 112 1ST Edition Lecture 8I. Because our command-and-control system is psychological, it is susceptible to disorders stemming (in part) from the mental representations we have ourselves. II. Stress as a homeostatic issue- When people are under stimulated, then we do not perform the taskwell. o Unless we know how to do that task very well.- Having too many stressors isn’t good for us. III. General adaptation syndrome- Event o Catastropheso Major life eventso Daily Hassles Little things that happen to us everyday  Accumulate over time- We deal with stress by adapting to them- Degree of stress depends on social relationship - Stress is intensely personalo Different stressor affects different people in different ways.o We sometimes make our lives harder than it needs to be- Responseo Alarm  Frighten response Instinctive responseo Resistance These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute. All the adrenaline is still going through your bodyo Exhaustion When your body starts to break down from all that adrenaline  Typically you would get sick from too much stresso Appraisal Primary  Do I have the resources right now to deal with this Secondary Can I get the resources to fix the problem After appraisal comes our response The things that makes us feel actually makes us feel worseo Demographic factors Single Male Elderly Lower SESo Environmental factors High temperature Crowding Noisiness Proximity to threatso Pathological responses Learned helplessness  When you stop trying to find way to find positive solutions to the problems in your life. “the victim” Very destructive in the long run Blaming oneself People with clinical depression tend to do this Find imaginative ways to make it their fault Ex. Children blame themselves for parents’ divorce Its not the stressor is the big problem. Its how you respond to it. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Exposure to a traumatic event Persistently recalled Causing hyper-arousal Independent of other diagnosable disorder Recollection Avoidance  Arousal ( hypervigilance)  Prevalence in US 3.5%- Manage sources of stress- Examine beliefs underwriting appraisals o Activating evento Beliefso Consequences- Matureo As you get older, life gets easiero Being young is hard because you don’t know how to think about


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