PSY Stress P4

  1. How and Why Do We Experience Stress?
    • activates thoughts, feelings,
    • behaviors, and physiological arousal that promote adaptation/survival
  2. Stress
    physical/mental response to challenging situation
  3. Stressor
    • stressful stimulus
    • a condition demanding adaptation
  4. A
    Model of Stress
  5. Hassles
    Situation causes minor irritation or frustration
  6. Traumatic stressor
    • threatens one’s physical safety
    • arouses fear, horror, helplessness
  7. Catastrophe Five stages that occur in the wake of natural disasters:
    –Psychic numbness

    –Automatic action

    –Communal effort


  8. Media coverage expands the experience of a catastrophe
    –24/7 news coverage

    –Transmission to large

      numbers of unaffected parties
  9. Vicarious traumatization
    • Severe stress =exposure to
    • traumatic images or stories
  10. Post traumatic stress disorder:
    Continued or delayed stress reaction in which an individual involuntarily re-experiences emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of past trauma
  11. Chronic Stressors

    –Familial responsibilities


  12. Cognitive Appraisal
    Assessment of a stressor/dealing with it
  13. Burnout
    emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment
  14. Social Readjustment Ratings Scale
    measure stress levels attached to common life changes
Card Set
PSY Stress P4
Chap 3