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Mental Health Introduction. Mental/Emotional Health The ability to accept yourself and others, adapt to and manage emotions, and deal with demands and.

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1 Mental Health Introduction

2 Mental/Emotional Health The ability to accept yourself and others, adapt to and manage emotions, and deal with demands and challenges you meet in life.

3 Characteristics of Good Mental/Emotional Health Positive Self-Esteem – Confidence in yourself and able to accept challenges and take failure in stride Sense of Belonging – Attachment to family, friends, and others around you for comfort and it promotes stability Sense of Purpose – Recognizing own value and importance helps to achieve goals Positive Outlook – Seeing the bright side of having hope Autonomy – Confidence to make responsible decisions and promotes self- assurance

4 Personality A set of characteristics that makes you unique

5 Influences on Personality Heredity – Determine a person’s basic intellectual ability and temperament or emotional tendencies Environment – Everything that surrounds you in day-to-day life – Modeling- observing and learning from behaviors of those around you Behavior – The one that you have the most control over. Decisions you make, consequences, etc.

6 Personal Identity Your sense of yourself as a unique individual – Interests, likes/dislikes, talents/abilities, values/beliefs, and goals Short-term goals Long-term goals

7 Emotions Signals that tell your mind and body how to react – Hormones are secreted by the glands and regulate the activities of different body cells Happy, Sad, Love, Empathy – Ability to imagine and understand how someone else feels Fear – From an imagined threat can lead to not leading a normal life- turn into phobia Guilt, Anger, Hostility – Intentional use of unfriendly or offensive behavior

8 Common Defense Mechanisms Repression – Involuntary pushing of unpleasant feelings out of conscious thought Suppression – Conscious, intentional pushing of unpleasantness from one’s mind Rationalization – Making excuses to explain a situation or behavior rather than taking responsibility for it Regression – Reverting to behaviors more characteristic of an earlier stage of development rather than dealing with the conflict in a mature manner

9 Defense Mechanisms Cont. Denial – Unconscious lack of acknowledgement of something that is obvious to others Compensation – Making up for weakness and mistakes through gift-giving, hard work, or extreme efforts Projection – Attributing your own feelings or faults to another person or group Idealization – Seeing someone else as perfect, ideal, or more worthy than everyone else


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