ERIC Number: EJ811995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Interpreting Causes of Personal Stress with "Cheese"
Larson, Karl L.
Journal of School Health, v78 n3 p175-178 Mar 2008
Attempts to identify the root causes of individual stress have been made for centuries. The result has been the development of a myriad of approaches and explanations as to the cause of stress by psychologists, educators, researchers, and self-help authors. Each approach carries a degree of validity in the context that individuals experience stress in different fashions and therefore respond more or less successfully to the management of that stress based on the approach taken. This article presents an activity which helps students to understand the principles used to explain stress espoused by a variety of authors. In the self-help book "Who Moved My Cheese?", students will hear about 4 mice (Sniff and Scurry who do not think much about change but rather travel through life by instinct; Hem, who is paralyzed by the thought of change; and Haw, who is nervous about change but takes some risks and finds that change can be beneficial) in search of a new location for cheese after their long-time source runs dry. Using the fictional characters, students learn to recognize the variety of behavior patterns taken by individuals to avoid, ignore, and address conflict. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Psychological Patterns, Stress Variables, Self Help Programs, Childrens Literature, Resistance to Change, Conflict Resolution, High School Students, Grade 11, Grade 12, Stress Management, Reader Response
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
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