It has been noticed several times that the way a person thinks about a situation results from her perception of it. Most of the times, the perception is correct, but not always. For example, people readily draw conclusions about motives of others. This can lead to unhappiness and the perceiving person may act rudely with others. For this reason, it is essential that people think rationally and in a positive way. In this article, we will discuss about thought awareness, rational thinking and positive thinking. These are perception-based strategies and techniques of stress management.
While defining stress, Richard S. Lazarus stated that it happens when a person thinks that the demands on her "exceed the personal and social resources that the individual is able to mobilize."
The following two judgments can determine whether a person is stressed or not.
- The person must feel that she is threatened.
- She must determine if the resources at her disposal are adequate to meet the threat or not.