ERIC Number: ED267471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
Communicating Intrapersonally about Stress: The Dynamics on Self.
Edson, Belle A.
When designing a workshop about communication and stress, it is important to consider the medical definition--that stress is a physiological reaction to an external force that is interpreted by the individual--and the psychological definition--which suggests that through communication with self one can change the stress in one's life. Stress can then be studied as an intrapersonal communication involving human information processing, perception, cognition, feeling, and listening and speaking. Emotions are meanings that have come from one's way of linguistically constructing the world and can therefore be changed using rational self-counseling (changing irrational thoughts to more rational beliefs) and cognitive restructuring (using guidelines to rational thinking). Encouraging students to reconstruct their own realities and to gain control over stress in their lives is a practical approach for a basic course in communication. (Material elaborating on the 11 examples of irrational thinking, the 5 guidelines to rational thinking, and the irrational use of "should" is appended.) (EL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Tucson, AZ, February 15-18, 1986).