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Atonal Dissonance: Stress Can Be Good! 34th Annual I&R Training and Education Conference New Orleans, Louisiana Wednesday, May 22, 2012 10:45AM – 12:15PM.

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1 Atonal Dissonance: Stress Can Be Good! 34th Annual I&R Training and Education Conference New Orleans, Louisiana Wednesday, May 22, 2012 10:45AM – 12:15PM John Plonski – Facilitator Director of Online Supervisors IMAlive National Hopeline Network jpnysairs@gmail.com Workshop Under Construction You may want to go to another workshop> Or enjoy the process and stay!

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3 Actually stress helps a species (Homo CIR/CRSapiens) evolve Stress is a response to a stimulus characterized by heightened physical and psychological arousal response. Stress is a disruption of the homeostatic balance which may be triggered by alarming experiences, real or imaginary. The body reacts releasing epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine, cortisol and cortisone. This leaves the lower brain functions in control inducing three possible responses to the stressor.

4 The Primal Coping Defenses... Stressor induces one of three responses Fight Flight Freeze

5 But then we messed things up and invented stress management creating a new species – Stress Management Con$ultoriou$

6 What stressors do we encounter… On our jobs In providing I&R In our communities As an I&R System

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8 Then there are what we will term Autonomic Coping Defenses. Autonomic Coping Defenses protect the individual from consciously experiencing anxiety and engage automatically when the homeostatic balance is upset.

9 Autonomic Coping Defenses include but are not limited to. Avoidance Delusions Denial Displacement Dissociation Hallucinations Intellectualization Isolation Projection Rationalization Reaction Formation Repression Somatization Splitting Suppression


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