Health Sciences 1001A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Spiegel Online, Homeostasis, Canadian Mental Health Association

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Psychological health: encompasses mental, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health. Negative, narrow definition: is the presence of [mental] wellness. Positive, broad definition: fulfillment of human potential. Can we achieve self actualization: an ideal to strive for, cannot redo the past (i. e. childhood, must concentrate on successfully meeting current challenges. Characteristics of a psychologically healthy individual (canadian mental health. Self esteem: foundation of self-esteem can be traced to childhood, people are eventually responsible to enhancing own self-esteem. Hardiness: works with self-esteem to ensure psychological health, exists when a person consistently shows 3 important traits: A high level of commitment to something or someone. Psychological disorders: many people have a less than optimal level of psychological health, most of us will either have emotional problems or know someone who does, result from many factors (i. e. genetic differences, learning and life events)

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