Term Paper: Self-Esteem and Stress Life

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[. . .] It has also been proposed by the above authors that the effective use of humor ultimately enhances one's view of self, leasing to a more positive and healthier self-concept. Siporin (1986) contends that humor is an instrument in therapy for cognitive, emotional, and behavioral change. In such fields as social work, humor is a creative act helpful in surviving the stress and attacks inherent in the field. Humor can also be used as a coping skill used in ways that are non-hostile and self-accepting. Laughter represents a healthy, broad-spectrum coping strategy.

Aromatherapy, massage therapy, relaxation techniques, and yoga are other possible solutions or stress busters that may be used in order to have a higher self-esteem and therefore less stress. When an individual is feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, he/she utilizes such techniques in order to restore balance and gain coping mechanisms to deal with the stress and realize that likely the stressful situation will quickly pass. Also, such techniques help individuals realize that stress is inevitable and it is better to confront it head on rather than have it consume them. One other possible solution or stress buster that may be used in order to have a higher self-esteem and therefore less stress is transference. Under this theory, the energy ordinarily devoted to stress is transferred and utilized as a motivator, a call to action.


Life is a continuous journey, one that is filled with a rollercoaster of emotions and learning experiences. Throughout the journey of life, all individuals inevitably encounter potentially stressful situations, i.e., death of a parent, friend, or lover; divorce; drug and/or alcohol abuse; financial difficulties; traumatic breakup; unemployment; etc. Individuals generally react to stressful situations in one of two ways. First, some individuals use stressful situations as a motivator, a catalyst to accomplish their objectives and improve their situation. Next, other individuals use stressful situations as a depressant, a reason (consciously or unconsciously) to become "stuck in the mud" because of their inability to cope.

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