I explain how coping responses may be either healthy or unhealthy. I also define "explanatory style." What are some of the things that optimists do that are helpful in coping with with stress? I also explain how coping strategies can be helpful or destructive.
Finally, I define the term "emotional intelligence" and explain how humor impacts on the appraisal of stress.
Some coping responses could be healthy or could be seen as unhealthy. Some maladaptive responses include overcompensation, and avoidance. Some positive responses include listening to music, laughing or crying, exercising..
It is interesting to see the difference between the two. In the positive responses, the person is actually working constructively to relieve their stress. If they are down and depressed or are having problems, they try to deal with the problem in a healthy way, by trying to better their life, by joining activities which keep their minds active, or they can exercise to relieve their frustration. Often people who utilize these techniques feel better and end up with a healthier life style.
On the other hand, people who use maladaptive responses end up masking their problem, and the problem ends up getting worse and worse. If they avoid the problem, they never confront it with positive responses, and the problem will continue to haunt the person.
Another difference is that many of the positive responses are done with others such as in an art class, or at the gym, where there is human contact. The negative responses usually involve the person in isolation.
As well, positive responses could be seen as healthy from a physical point of view - it included exercises for example. Negative responses could include drug and alcohol ...
This job names some coping responses.