Psychosocial Health; characteristics of psychosocially healthy people

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Published on 11 Oct 2012
School
University of Ottawa
Department
Psychology
Course
PSY 1101
Professor
Psychosocial Health
- Encompasses the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of health.
- Psychosocially healthy people have managed to develop theses dimensions to
optimal levels
- Psychosocially healthy people respond to challenges, disappointments, joys,
frustrations better than psychosocially unhealthy people.
Characteristics of Psychosocially Healthy People:
- They feel good about themselves and are not overwhelmed by fear, love, anger,
jealousy, guilt or worry
- They feel comfortable with other people and have satisfying and lasting personal
relationships. They do not take advantage of others, nor do they allow others to take
advantage of them. They freely express positive and negative feelings
- They control tension and anxiety by being aware of fatigue levels, monitoring
anxiety and disorganization and by pacing themselves
- They recognize the underlying causes and symptoms of stress, anxiety in their lives
and consciously struggle to avoid illogical or irrational thoughts, unnecessary
aggression, hostility, excessive excuse and blaming others for their problems
- They are able to meet the demands of life. They try to solve problems as they arise,
accept responsibility and plan ahead. They set realistic goals, think for themselves
and make independent decisions. They are flexible and willing to change while
accepting the inevitable when they must
- They curb hate and guilt and tend not to respond with hate anger, thoughtlessness,
selfishness, vengeful acts or feeling of inadequacy
- They maintain a positive outlook and approach each day with a presumption that
things will go well
- They believe that life is a gift and are determined to enjoy it on a moment-to-
moment bases rather than wander through it aimlessly
- They enrich the lives of others for they recognize that there are those whose needs
are greater than their own
- They seek to ease the burdens of others by doing such simple things as giving ride
to an elderly neighbour who cant drive, bringing flowers to someone in pain,
volunteering etc.
- They cherish the things that make them smile and make a special place in their lives
for memories of the past
- They value diversity for they do not fear difference; they do not feel threatened by
people who are of different race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or
political bent
- They appreciate nature and take time to enjoy their surroundings
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Encompasses the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of health. Psychosocially healthy people have managed to develop theses dimensions to optimal levels. Psychosocially healthy people respond to challenges, disappointments, joys, frustrations better than psychosocially unhealthy people. They feel good about themselves and are not overwhelmed by fear, love, anger, jealousy, guilt or worry. They feel comfortable with other people and have satisfying and lasting personal relationships. They do not take advantage of others, nor do they allow others to take advantage of them. They control tension and anxiety by being aware of fatigue levels, monitoring anxiety and disorganization and by pacing themselves. They recognize the underlying causes and symptoms of stress, anxiety in their lives and consciously struggle to avoid illogical or irrational thoughts, unnecessary aggression, hostility, excessive excuse and blaming others for their problems. They are able to meet the demands of life. They try to solve problems as they arise, accept responsibility and plan ahead.

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