Understanding Stress and the "General Mood Model"

Stress is rooted in conflict. Whether we're talking about the smartest people in the world or a little gopher in your garden, life is full of decisions and conflicts about what to do and when to do it. Entwined in our decision-making process is a critical self-assessment:  our “perceived probability of success” in managing each conflict.

In this initial podcast in a series on stress management, Dr. Doug Lisle explores the “general mood model,” arcing from depression to anxiety to stress to excitement to boredom. Stress, in the middle, is the “50-50 territory” where you’re uncertain of an outcome and know it can largely depend on what you do, so you must act wisely.  In this series, Dr. Doug will help us learn how to apply psychological principles in order to manage stress in a way that is optimal for our well-being.



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