FCSE 3120 Lecture 2: Mind Traps
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Family and Consumer Sciences Education
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FCSE 3120
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Gremaud

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Mind Traps • Unrealistic expectations • Taking things personally • All or nothing thinking • Exaggeration • Rigid thinking Personality Traits • Perfectionists • Workaholics Types of Stress • Negative Stress • Positive Stress Negative Stress • It is a contributory factor in minor conditions, such as headaches, digestive problems, skin complaints, insomnia and ulcers. • Excessive, prolonged and unrelieved stress can have a harmful effect on mental, physical and spiritual health. Positive Stress • Stress can also have a positive effect, spurring motivation and awareness, providing the stimulation to cope with challenging situations. • Stress also provides the sense of urgency and alertness needed for survival when confronting threatening situations. The Individual & Stress • Everyone is different, with unique perceptions of, and reactions to, events. • There is no single level of stress that is optimal for all people. • Some are more sensitive to experiences in childhood, the influence of teachers, parents and religion etc. Perception • Most of the stress we experience is self-generated. • How we perceive life - whether an event makes us feel threatened or stimulated, encouraged or discouraged, happy or sad - depends on how we perceive ourselves. Self-Generated Stress • Self-generated stress is something of a paradox, because so many people think of external causes when they are upset. • Recognizing that we create most of our own upsets is an important first step towards coping with them. Physical Reaction to Stress • Endocrine System: controls your stress response. o Demands on the physical or mental systems of the body result in hormone secretion 1. Adrenalin and testosterone • Endocrine responses: o Increased pupil dilation o Perspiration o Increased heart rate and blood pressure o Rapid breathing o Muscle tenseness o Increased mental alertness General Adaptations Syndrome • Alarm Response: “Fight or Flight” o reparse the body for immediate action • Adaptation Phase: o If the source persists, the body prepares for long-term protection, secreting hormones to increase blood sugar levels. o This phase is common and not necessarily harmful, but must include
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