Environment al By Jess Durnian Stres s Relationship

Environment al By Jess Durnian Stres s Relationship

Environment al By Jess Durnian Stres s Relationship between environment and human behavior

One way to understand the relationship between the environment and human behavior is to analyze environmental conditions that are capable of interfering with optimal human functioning. There are specific environmental characteristics that may lead to physiological or psychological discomfort, stress and in some cases poor health. What is being

claimed It is not being claimed that stress is inevitable or even predominantly a function or variation in environmental quality. Stress is a person-based concept. Nevertheless, many stress researchers have overlooked properties of physical situations, most likely to place greater adaptive demands on human coping resources.

What are environmental stressors Environmental stressors are typically aversive, primarily uncontrollable, and of variable duration and require low to moderate adjustments. One of the unfortunate consequences of the neglect of physical characteristics of environmental stressors is that is it hard to cut out of your life. In fact, some are inevitable to cut out of your life. Also, the absence of certain environmental

factors is not realistic. General types of environmental stressors cataclysmic events stressful life events daily hassles ambient stressors Cataclysmic Events

Cataclysmic events are sudden catastrophes that demand major adaptive responses from all individuals directly affected by the event. For example: floods, earthquakes, major storms etc. 2013 has been considered the most quiet year so far for bad hurricanes. With this being said, by the end of November we will be finishing with 12 tropical storms and 6 hurricanes.

These are all very destructive and have affected many different individuals who had to deal with the consequences. Stressful life events Stressful life events are major incidents in the lives of people that typically require

personal or social adaptive responses. This includes major changes in family status like marriage or divorce. Also, major changes in economic conditions like gain or loss in a job. In a total population of 1,000 individuals,

there are about 6.8 marriages and 3.6 divorces. Both of these leading to stress. Daily hasslesDaily hassles are typical events of ordinary life that may cause frustration, tension or irritation. Environmental events

(crowded elevator, noisy party), work issues (argument with co-worker, deadlines), or interpersonal problems (argument Elevator rides are one of the safest means of transportation, along with most uncomfortable. There are many dos and donts riding elevators, and if certain

people do not follow those unspoken rules then it can make the elevator ride quite awkward. Also, packed elevators stress people out, especially if they are claustrophobic. Ambient stressors Ambient stressors distinguish more continuous, relatively stable and intractable conditions of the physical

environment. This includes living with chronic air pollution, where the only solution could be relocating and moving. The latest data shows that there are about 3.5 million deaths a year that are caused by indoor air pollution. About 3.3 million deaths are caused by outdoor air pollution Air pollution kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined

Coping with environmental stressors Coping with environmental stressors can be difficult. Many environmental factors causing stress are inevitable. Also, not all the stressors are negative. For example, getting married is a stressor, however that is one of the best days of your life. On the other hand, air pollution is a negative stressor that can not be changed, but the individual would more or less have to relocate to

try and get away from that. Daily hassles are stressors that can try to be avoided, however can not always be done. Lastly, cataclysmic events are also inevitable to avoid, but one can simply be prepared for such events so it would be less Source s Evans, G., & Cohen, S. (n.d.). Environmental psychology. Environmental stress. Retrieved November 20, 2013, from

http://www.psy.cmu.edu/~scohen/environmentalpsychology

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