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The nature of emotion and all humans have the ability to experience emotions. People's perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and interpretations of events generate emotions. Some emotions are cognitively primitive; others are influenced by consciousness and expectations. Learning about emotions and the mind, how mirror neurons work and how culture shapes emotions. Emotions are stressful for your body and how your body and mind respond to stress. Motivation — what drives us to eat and to love. Exploring the biology and the psychology of sexual desire, the attachment theory of love, what predicts whom people will love, and the biological origins of passionate love are truly fascinating topic. Lastly, the need for achievement, the pursuit of happiness, our ability to set and meet goals, working conditions, conflicts, job satisfaction, and self-efficacy all contribute to our competence and ability to achieve is experienced some point in our lives.

1) Create an example of an environmental stressor and discuss the body's reaction.

2). What are the phases of physiological reaction?

3). What hormones are released and what are the effects of these hormones?

4). What specific actions or activities can someone do or engage in that will help cope with stress and reduce the risk of illness?

Use scholarly sources to support your answers. Provide examples with your statements. Cite your sources using an APA format

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This solution describes key aspects involved with an individual's psychological and physiological response to stress.

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1) An example of an environmental stressor would be, a situation in which an individual is confronted by a stranger that is wielding a gun, and tells the individual to hand over all of their money. In a situation of this nature, the body goes through a fight or flight physiological preparatory procedure, in which increased levels of hormones are, released that cause there to be a rise in the individual's blood pressure, heart and breathing rates, and a rapid energizing of the muscles. There is also an increased release of adrenaline within this individual.

2) The phases of the physiological reaction in a situation of this nature include the observation and recognition of the individual with the gun as being a threat to their ...

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