The ABC's of Stress: A Submarine Psychologist's Perspective

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 232. Reviews the book, The ABC's of Stress: A Submarine Psychologist's Perspective by Benjamin B. Weybrew (1992). Weybrew presents a new approach to understanding the dynamics of stress by means of his ABC model, which is built upon three key concepts: antecedent conditions, goal-directed behavior, and the consequences of goal-directed behavior. Chapter topics include an analysis of Lewin's concept of motives as vectors, an examination of the ABC model of stress, three discursive equations that expand Lewin's “personality” and “environmental” interaction, a summary of the major classes of environmental stressors, acute and chronic effects of stress, assessment of individual differences in stress coping capacity, experimental tests for measuring stress coping capacity, prevention and treatment of stress, methodological innovations for stress research, and the ABC model of stress applied to educational deficiencies, creativity, leadership, drug abuse, and warfare. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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