Chapter 3 discusses stress. What is stress? How is stress defined? What different kinds of events can be stressful? Give an example of a positive and a negative stressful situation you have encountered. Discuss in detail the methods you used to cope with stress. How are chronic and acute stressors different? Which type of stress (acute or chronic) do you find most problematic. Which do you think adds the most stress to one’s life, acute stressors or chronic stressors? What are the stages of the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) and what does the GAS mean for us in our lives (give an example)? What does Robert Sapolsky mean when he uses of the term anticipatory stressors? Discuss how does that concept relate to our discussion of Mindfulness last week.
Fully explain your reasoning and apply the material you are learning.