Controlling Stress and Tension

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/8/2012
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Controlling Stress and Tensiontakes a multifaceted, holistic approach to stress management. The first part of the book discusses the stress problem and our potential for achieving solutions to it. The next chapters examine potential stress-producing elements in everyday life. The remainder of the book offers techniques for alleviating stress and tension. Personal journal activities and self-assessments placed throughout the book encourage students to apply the concepts they have learned to themselves. These activities are brought together at the conclusion of the book, helping you develop your own stress-management program. The Ninth Editionhas a strengthened supplements package, updates to content to keep the text current, and more practical activities.

Author Biography

Daniel Girdano, PhD, has held the position of professor at the Universities of Maryland, Utah, Wyoming, Texas A & M, Boston University, and The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently professor and faculty mentor for Walden University. As director of the psychophysiology research laboratory at the University of Maryland he used research in biofeedback, counseling, and relaxation training to pioneer the comprehensive study of stress management. He has authored or co-authored 40 health and fitness textbooks and over 50 articles. 

Dorothy E. Dusek, PhD, has been professor at San Francisco State, Worcester State College, the University of Maryland, University of Utah, University of Wyoming, and Metropolitan State College in Denver. She has written over 30 books on the topics of nutrition, fitness, stress management, weight management, smoking cessation, health counseling, behavior change, communication, psychosomatic medicine, and others. She has a private counseling practice in Winter Park Colorado.
George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP
is Professor of Psychology, Loyola College in Maryland, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Table of Contents

1. Stress, Stressors and Stress Management

2. Systems That Control Stress Arousal

3. The Body’s Response to Stress

4. The Human Spirit

5. Stressful Emotions, Thoughts, and Beliefs

6. Patterns of Behavior

7. Demands and Expectations

8. Stress and the Human Environment Interaction

9. Stress in Relationships

10. Psychological Trauma and Human Resilience

11. Stress in the Workplace

12. Breathing and Relaxation

13. Muscle Relaxation

14. Autogenics and Visual Imagery

15. Yoga and Stretch-Relaxation

16. Meditation

17. Stress Reduction through Physical Activity

18. Your Personal Stress Management Plan

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