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Psychology Ch. 14: Stress and Health

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stress
process by which we perceive and respond to certain events, called stressors, that we appraise as threatening or challenging
general adaptation syndrome (GAS)
Sely's concept of the body's adaptive response to stress in three stages- alarm, resistance, exhaustion
coronary heart disease
clogging of the vessels that nourish the heart muscle
Type A
Friedman and Roseman's trem for competitive, hard-driving, impatient, verbally aggressive, and anger-prone people
Type B
Friedman and Roseman's term for easygoing, relaxed people
coping
alleviating stress using emotional, cognitive, or behavioral methods
problem-focused coping
attempting to alleviate stress directly- by changing stressor or the way we interact with that stressor
emotion-focused coping
attempting to alleviate stress by avoiding or ignoring a stressor
aerobic exercise
sustained exercise that increases heart and lung fitness
biofeedback
system for electronically recording, amplifying, and feeding back info regarding physiological state