EDU3093i T4 Emotional stress among teachers

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  • Stress
  • Burn out
  • Steps to manage emotional stress


The American Association of Psychology (2015) defined emotion as “A complex pattern of changes, including physiological arousal, feelings, cognitive processes, and behavioral reactions, made in response to a situation perceived to be personally significant.”

Hockenbury & Hockenbury (2007 in Cherry, 2015) described emotion as “An emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a behavioral or expressive response.”

A model of Arnold’s Theory of Emotion (Reeve 2009) [source:]

Lazarus’s Appraisal theory suggest that emotion is preceded and elicited by our appraisal (evaluation) of the events and situation, if it matches with our goal, happiness arises, on the contrary, we shall be feeling sad over the lost of something dear or important. Hence, it is the interpretation of the events that arouses emotion and not the event itself.

It explains why do different emotions arose while we face different events and situation and may respond by exhibiting certain behavior(s).


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