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Week 1 (Ch 1-2)
Discussion Questions

• Instead of being able to swim underwater as Garfield would like in his perfect world, what would your perfect world look like? Name at least five things that would exist in your perfect world. Explain. Now name your top 5 stressors. Would any of these stressors be decreased or even eliminated if your perfect world existed? Or is there no correlation between your perfect world and your top stressors? Explain. • Which do you think is more stressful: one major stressor (i.e., death of a loved one) or several minor stressors that occur at the same time (i.e., getting stuck in traffic, losing your keys, failing an exam, etc.)? In other words, are major life changes more stressful than daily hassles? Or is it the other way around? Explain. • How would you define stress? Complete the statement “To me, stress means … ” Explain. • Do you agree or disagree that some of the “bumps” in the road of life are self-induced? What are some stressors that people bring on themselves? Explain. • Sometimes there’s a fine line between eustress and distress. When do you think something that was eustressful becomes distressful and/or vice versa? In other words, how can you tell if a stressor is eustressful or distressful? Explain. • Do you agree or disagree that perception is key in terms of determining whether a stressor is eustressful or distressful? Explain. • Do you agree or disagree with the Yerkes-Dodson Principle? Is it really possible to have too little stress in your life? Explain. • Which type of stressor (physiological, sociological, psychological, or philosophical) do you think is most common among most people? Which do you think is the most detrimental or has the potential for creating the most stress for most people? Explain. • Comment on anything stated in the lectures or choose a question from another week.

Video
• Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0wYoBBEFQw and watch. • Comment on this video. Do you agree or disagree with anything that was said? What especially caught your attention?

Week 2 (Ch 3-4)
Discussion Questions

• Which dimension of health do you believe is the most important? Explain. • Do you agree or disagree that our health is related to our stress levels and/or vice versa? In other words, do we tend to be more stressed when any of the dimensions of our health is lacking? Explain. • Do you agree or disagree that the dimensions of health are interrelated? In other words, do you agree that a health behavior or stressor affects multiple dimensions? Explain. • Why do you think there’s a disparity between stress levels of children/adolescents and their parents’ perceptions of their children’s stress levels? Explain. • Why do you think more women than men feel stressed? Explain. • Why do you think both thin and overweight students reported that stress affected their academic performance more so than normal weight individuals? • Why do you think smokers reported that stress affected their academic performance more so than non-smokers? • Why do you think Americans are more stressed than people in other countries? • Why do you think more women than men reported that stress affected their academic performance? • Why do you think men, more so than women, deal with stress by engaging in risky behaviors? • Comment on anything stated in the lectures or choose a question from another week.

Video
• Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsuHavd37gA and watch. • Comment on this video. Do you agree or disagree with anything that was said? What especially caught your attention?

Week 3 (Ch 5-6)

Discussion Questions

• Which of the ABCs of Human Needs creates the most stress for most people when it is not met? Explain. • Regarding Maslow’s Hierarchy, do you agree that the largest and lowest levels of needs would create the greatest amount of stress if those needs are...
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