• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Psychological explanations and theories of stress

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Lesson 8 STRESS - MORE STRESS - SNAP Introduction So far we have talked about psychology as being a topic worth studying because it looks into human behaviour and why it presents itself in the way that it does. I have explained that all that we will discuss throughout this course will in some way relate to you, your family or those that you know or will come across in your lifetime. But the examples I have used so far may or may not have related to you depending on your upbringing or personal circumstances. But our studies now bring us to the point where we need to don the psychologist's hat and analyse a specific bit of human behaviour so that we can see how psychologists approach their research and come up with the conclusions that they do. Therefore I want us to investigate the issue of 'stress'. As a topic, this will not be a difficult one to demonstrate to you with regard to linking it with human, and more importantly, your behaviour. All I have to tell you to do is recall the lead up to and the day of your GCSE exams. Most, if not all will have experienced stress, and some may have even made themselves ill because of it, but definitely you will have witnessed a lot of stress going on around you in the exam hall. ...read more.

Middle

the dentist;, whereas the psychological issues vary greatly but usually exist, though seem less easy to state in words. Fear is usually the key and could be as simple as fear of never being loved for your true self, or as anxiety causing as the fear of having a panic attack with no one around to help you. So why do we get stressed? We get stressed because we believe that there is a need to respond to a situation that is confronting us, though the situation, as we perceive it is one that we are not sufficiently capable of dealing with effectively. If I were to ask you to sit down now and write me out the alphabet in no more than one minute I imagine that no one would have a problem with this, and there would be no level of stress involved. You are being challenged but you perceive instantly that the challenge is easily met so do not generate any levels of anxiety about accomplishing the task. But if I were to ask you to sit an exam based on anything that we have covered in the first six weeks of the course, and that to fail the exam would mean that you could no longer continue on the course, there would probably be a few, if not all, that would grow slightly anxious about whether they had learnt sufficient detail from the notes and lessons that we have covered so far. ...read more.

Conclusion

Answers on a postcard to 'Insomniacs Puzzle Hour', ECC, Plymouth!! Is stress controllable? To a point the answer is 'yes', though I have to say immediately that this is not strictly true. Yes, in as much as we can learn to deal with life and the issues it presents to us in a more realistic and logical way, therefore removing some of the avoidable stressful issues that we set up for ourselves. But we also have to say that stress, as a life preserver, should not be eliminated, as our body needs to protectively react to the unexpected issues that confront us throughout our lives. Without stress reactions we would not avoid vehicles careering out of control on the pavement where we are walking; to be able to dodge flying objects that fall from trees or are missiled at us by some spiteful individual; or be able to respond alertly when some teacher suddenly spitefully wakes you up in their lesson to answer the impossible question that they harass you with as a form of embarrassing punishment! (No falling asleep in my lessons!!) Understanding stress It is hoped that by understanding the processes involved in stress reaction that the individual will be able to better prepare them self for the unavoidable and also discipline themselves sufficiently so that they can reduce the sometimes harmful effects that long term stress can cause. Christopher Porter - Friday, 26th October 2001 2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Developmental Psychology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

Discipline is probably not the answer to learning how to deal with stress or learning how to reduce it. Being aware, being reflective and understanding how much stress one can cope with before it has a really negative effect on health, is probably a better conclusion.

Marked by teacher Linda Penn 01/05/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Developmental Psychology essays

  1. Describe processes for initiating, maintaining, developing and concluding a counselling relation.

    It is a counsellor's job to keep their clients problems confidential. Only when the counsellor thinks the client is a harm to themselves or others or they do not have the skills to deal with them, may they refer them to someone else.

  2. Explain the principal psychological perspectives as applied to the understanding of the development of ...

    Candice seems to have been left in the play stage due to her age. She does not seem to have any rules to abide by. If Candice was in the game stage, she would be playing games like hide and seek, instead of torturing animals.

  1. The Nature of Groups & Group Behaviour

    Group Development There are many theories for group development. These describe different orders of development (Bales & Strodtbeck 1951; Bennis & Shepard 1956; Schutz 1958; Tuckman 1965). Some researchers maintain that there is no normal sequence of phases (Gersick 1988), while others argue that there is no evidence for

  2. 'Compare and contrast the contribution that behaviourist and psychodynamic theories have made to our ...

    and when the child gets teeth the child gets the pleasure of biting. In the anal stage the child gets pleasure from retaining and releasing faeces. The phallic stage is when the child discovers the pleasure of his/her own genitals and enjoys masturbation.

  1. Write a detailed 1,500 word critique of Piaget' theories. Include the work of Vygotsky, ...

    This is supported by cross-cultural research that has replicated Piaget's findings (Smith et al, 1998). Another criticism relates to the concept of biological maturation or 'readiness'. If the development of cognitive structures is related to maturity, then practice should not improve performance.

  2. Communication skills in a group interaction.

    It is also thought that ever group goes through a period in which the group struggles before they unite and work effectively together. One of the well-known theorists in which to explain the stages was that of Tuckman (1965). Tuckman suggests that most groups go through a process involving four stages before they can become effective.

  1. Describe and Evaluate Bowlby's and Ainsworth's ideas about parent-child relationships.

    Type A or anxious avoidant infants largely ignore their mother; because of their indifference towards her, play is little affected by whether or not she is present. The baby shows either very few or no signs of distress when the mother leaves and actively ignores or avoids her on her return.

  2. For this assignment I have decided to look at the disorder known as ADHD ...

    The undiagnosed children and their families are presumably experiencing unnecessary problems that are potentially treatable (Munden and Arcelus 1999). As nurses we are expected to utilise evidence-based practice, therefore it would make sense that as professionals we make use of research, particularly well designed, multi-centre studies on ADHD.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work