What are Stressors?
Dr. Hans Selye, Dr. Holmes, and Rahe provided research that linked stress to damage or illness resulting from environmental conditions or events. Others such as, Richard Lazarus, referenced by Jerrold S. Greenberg in the text titled, "Comprehensive Stress Management  defined "stress" so encompassing that it included an individual's cognitive interpretation of the environmental demands, the individual's coping skills, and an individual's appraisal of using these skills in its interaction in responding to those environmental demands.
Dr. Greenberg defines stress as a stimulus-response interaction. He compares the stressors to stimuli and identifies the reaction to the stimulus as a stress response. This operational definition permits us, to identify stressors into categories in order to better understand that stressful events have only a potential to elicit a fight-or-flight response.
Classify your previously listed 10
events, into the categories of stressors into categorizes as follows:
How do you usually cope with the different categories of stressors? Do you cope the same way with different stressors? Why or why not? Do you see any advantages in classifying stressors? Do you see any pitfalls in attempting to classify stressors? Explain your reasoning. What have you learned that was most important?
Greenberg, Comprehensive Stress Management, 6th ed., Boston:
McGraw-Hill, 1999, p.9.