• 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. Marked by a teacher

    Outline the major theoretical perspectives in psychology and evaluate two of these paridigms.

    3 star(s)

    Most notably by Olds and Milner in the 1950's. They used electrical stimulation of the brain. This involved stimulating neurons with mild electrical current through an implanted electrode. They found and stimulated the pleasure centre of a rat's brain, which led it to return to the area of its cage where it had been stimulated previously.

  2. 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.

  1. Communication skills in a group interaction.

    My interaction took place with 6 pupils, within class time. I decided to make Thank you cards with them, because it was just after Christmas and I feel that this task is suitable. Purpose of my interaction: The purpose of my group interaction with the group was to promote interaction

  2. The Nature of Groups & Group Behaviour

    Stage 2 - Storming The storming stage represents that period when problems begin to be faced more openly than in the earlier stage. Individuals begin to question or challenge the task and have to confront emotional issues between themselves.

  1. In Britain today, most people live in nuclear families - The aim of this ...

    So it is not surprising that the overall lone parent families is headed by mothers as the law will always grant custody to the mother unless she is deemed unfit to look after the children. But in saying that lone fathers head 10% of lone parent families during Spring 2002,

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

    At this stage she is lacking the imagination to cooperate with others. If the mother does not allow her to take initiative then she will feel guilty for her attempts at independence. She may also be in the industry versus inferiority stage.

  1. Nature VS nurture - Issues, perspectives and debates in psychology.

    The learning approach presents the assumption that all behaviour is learnt, through interactions with the environment, and at birth we are a blank slate ready to develop. Evidence for this comes from Watson's study of little Albert. Albert was an 11-month-old baby when the study began; Albert was presented with a white rat, to which he responded with curiosity.

  2. Being a member of family today presents manychallenges

    Now that structure is not accepted by an increasing number of educated and professional women. The traditional family unit changed rapidly during the second half of the 20th century due to the effects of two world wars, rapid industrialization, the development of technology, and the effects of the women's liberation movement.

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