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Lecture 9

PSY BEH 11C Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Difficult People, Eustress, Stressor

Psychology and Social Behavior
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Elizabeth Martin

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PsyBeh 11C
Professor Martin
Week 6 Lecture 1
Health & Wellness
What is Stress?
- physiological (body) & psychological (mind) response to a stimulus that threatens or
challenges an individual
- requires some form of adjustment
- some kind of change in body or environment that requires some sort of
- involves a form of anxiety or tension
- creation of discomfort if not significant anxiety
- eustress: the stress of positive events
- distress: the stress of negative events
- any event or situation that triggers stress
- external or internal
- demand or threat characteristics
- positive (i.e., eustress) or negative
Not All Stress Is Created Equal
- challenge stress v. threat-based stress
- challenge stress -> have enough resources to meet demands
- balance between perceived resources & perceived demands
- can allow for optimal performance
- threat-based stress
- perceived demands outweigh perceived resources
- fight, flight, or freeze
- feel overwhelmed by situation
Stress Is a Response to Life Stress
- major life stressors
- changes that strain central areas of people’s lives, such as having your first child
- daily hassles
- small, day-to-day irritations, e.g., driving in traffic, difficult people, waiting in
- stress sort of wraps up by the end of the day -> smaller irritations that requires
Sources of Stress
- making choices should I or shouldn’t it?
- can depend on type of thing at issue
- even minor things can elicit stress
- level of stress created can vary from person to person
- unpredictability & lack of control
- if feel have more control & can do something about it v. feeling like you do not
have control
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