Stress, Health and Personality

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Department
Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology
Course
APSY 2240
Professor
Julia Whitcavitch- Devoy
Semester
Spring

Description
Chapter 12 • There are links between personality and health ­ Biological factors (level of brain arousal) • Zuckermann’s attention seeking: psychobiological need for stimulation • Certain people respond to stress by playing the “sick role” ­ Behaviorist: positively reinforced by others’ concerns • Angelman Syndrome: mental syndrome  • Personality disorders: ongoing behaviors that impact your functioning and well­being ­ Borderline • Mood swings • Feelings of abandonment • Problems with identity • Impulsive • Stormy relationships • Very high suicide rate (most risky in 20s and 30s) • Lown’s Model: Stress and sudden cardiac death ­ Electrical instability ­ Negative emotional state ­ Triggering event ­ Type A personality linekd with coronary disease • Termite Study ­ Significant developmental sample because it was a longitudinal study ­ Conscientious termites lived longer • Better health habits • Less likely to behave in injurious behaviors ­ Cheerful termites • Died earlier • Well liked • Grew up to smoke, drink and take more risks • More careless or care­free ­ Termites with divorced parents were more likely to divorce • Bla
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