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After reading Chapters 3 and 10 and reviewing the associated PowerPoints, complete the assignment below.
After completion, save on your computer and place it in the dropbox in Springboard.
Keep in mind that spelling and grammar are graded. Each misspelled word is a 1 point deduction.
The completed assignment will be graded and placed back into your dropbox. Please take the time to review to improve for the next assignment.
Paraphrase answers you formulate from your text book or other sources, and be sure to properly cite the information using APA style. (See course homepage for a citation tutorial document.)
Complete Exercise 3.1: Anger Recognition Checklist. In how many different ways did you find that your anger surfaces? What was your average number of anger episodes per day? Were you surprised at any of the items on the list (whether you react that way or not) were included on a list for ways to express anger? Why or why not? (2 points)
Complete Exercise 3.2: Mismanaged Anger Style Indicator. How many total statements did you check off? Did you find that you tended to handle anger in one or two of the following types based on your groupings: somatizer, self-punisher, exploder, underhander? What consequences have you experienced as a result of this mismanaged anger style? (Remember that the groupings aren’t meant to label you forever as someone who mismanages anger.) (2 points)
Complete Exercise 3.3 Creative Anger Management Skills Action Plan in separate document and place in the dropbox along with this assignment. (6 points)
Read the instructions for Exercise 3.4: Confrontation of a Stressor here and answer the corresponding questions below. Instructions: (4 points)
“It happens to us all the time. Someone or something gets us frustrated, and we literally or figuratively head for the hills, either avoiding the person or thing altogether or ignoring the situation in the hope that it will go away. But when we ignore situations like this, they typically come back to haunt us. In the short run, avoidance looks appealing, even safe. But in the long run, it is bad policy. Really bad policy! We avoid confrontation because we want to avoid the emotional pain associated with it, the pain our ego suffers. Handled creatively, diplomatically, and rationally, the pain is minimal, and it often helps our spirits grow. After all, this is what life is all about: achieving our full human potential. The art of peaceful confrontation involves a strategy of creativity, diplomacy, and grace to ensure that you come out the victor, not the victim. In this sense, confrontation doesn’t mean a physical battle, but rather a mental, emotional, or spiritual battle. Unlike a physical battle where knights wear armor, this confrontation requires that you set aside the shield of your ego long enough to resolve the fear or anger associated with the stressor. The weapons of this confrontation are self-assertiveness, self-reliance, and faith. There is no malice, spite, or deceit involved. Coping mechanisms that aid the confrontation process include, but are not limited to, the following strategies: communication, information seeking, cognitive reappraisal, social engineering, and values assessment and clarification. We all encounter stressors that we tend to run away from. Now it is time to gather your internal resources and make a plan to successfully confront your stressor. When you initiate this confrontation plan, you will come out the victor with a positive resolution and a feeling of accomplishment. First, reexamine the list of your top ten stressors. (Exercise 1.3) Then, select a major stressor to confront and resolve. Prepare a plan of action, and then carry it out. When you return, write about it: what the stressor was, what your strategy was, how it worked, how you felt about the outcome, and perhaps most important, what you learned from this experience.”
The Stressor: (Describe the stressor you plan to confront here in at least 3 sentences.)
Action Plan: (State your plan of diplomatic confrontation here in at least 3 sentences.)
Emotional Processing: (After you have faced your fear, describe here what happened and how you now feel having done this. Also, what did you learn from this experience?)
Complete Exercise 3.6: The Key to Happiness Survey described here. (3 points)
Background and instructions: There are several inventories, questionnaires, and surveys on personal happiness. Some are based on momentary happiness (how you feel right now) whereas others are based on happiness as a part of who you are (state vs. trait characteristics). Although some surveys are measured for reliability and validity, by and large, happiness is very subjective, meaning that you, not a questionnaire, are the only one who can tell if you are really a happy person. Following are several questions based on the ideals of happiness as viewed from the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire and the Authentic Happiness work of Martin Seligman. Although those questions are measured on a scale of 1-5, these are Yes/No statements. This survey has not been measured for validity, but by reading and answering the questions, you can get a pretty good idea if happiness is a part of who you are. If, after taking this survey, you feel that the happiness quotient is low in your life, reread these statements and ask yourself what you can do to shift your perceptions to balance your scale of emotions. Answer Yes/No by shading, highlighting, underlining or bolding Yes or No for each item in the table below.
By and large, I see myself as a happy person.
Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the direction of my life.
Usually, I wake up excited about the day ahead of me.
I tend to surround myself with happy, creative, and confident people.
Overall, my level of confidence is rather high with most everything I do.
Without a doubt, my life has meaning and purpose.
I take delight in new adventures and discovering life’s little surprises.
I find myself laughing several times a day, even to myself.
When things go badly, I am able to quickly shift my expectations.
Even when I am low on money, I can still find exciting things to do.
I have very few, if any, regrets with how I have lived my life.
I have many positive memories of my life.
It’s pretty easy to see the good in people and the beauty in things.
Overall, I have positive thoughts and feelings about most things.
My future is bright and full of potential.
I can and do laugh at my own mistakes.
I can find the time to do the things I really wish to do.
Overall, I feel that I have a sense of control/direction in my life.
I can be as happy in the company of others as I can be by myself.
I have a good amount of physical, mental, and spiritual energy.
Key: This survey is not a validated measure, but if you responded Yes to over half of the statements, consider yourself to be a happy person. If you responded No to half of these statements, and you would like to have more happiness in your life, ask yourself what steps you can take to shift the perceptions highlighted in this survey to balance your scale of emotions.
Additional thoughts on your level of happiness: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Complete Exercise 3.7: Creative Altruism: The Power of Unconditional Love below. (5 points) Instructions: Love, it is said, is the glue that holds the universe together. The expression of love can be made manifest in a great many ways. The following questions encourage you to explore the concept of unconditional love as an alternative to the motivation of fear.
Write your best definition of love in at least one full sentence:
If love is the energy that moves the human spirit, then fear is the metaphorical brake that stops love in its tracks. How does fear impede your ability to express love? Explain in at least 2-3 sentences.
The slogan “random acts of kindness” was coined by a woman who was searching for a way to make the world a better place in which to live. She created this catchphrase as a means to express heartfelt altruism. The idea of performing a random act of kindness means to give anonymously without the expectation of receiving anything back. Compose a list of five ways to “give” altruistically and identify at least three ways that don’t involve money.
d. Service! One cannot speak on the topic without speaking of the concept of service. Although there are many stories in the news about acts of service (e.g., Habitat for Humanity), examples are not as common as one might expect. It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you are helping others who are less fortunate. For more than a decade the Institute of Noetic Sciences has given the Temple Awards for Creative Altruism to those unique individuals who demonstrate the spirit of selfless service. If you could create an altruistic nonprofit organization to help others, what would you do? Explain it here in at least 3 sentences.
Complete either Exercise 10.1 Human Butterfly or 10.2 Drawing for Emotional Relief on your own and answer the corresponding questions: (3 points)
Human Butterfly: What colors did you use for the wings? What did those colors mean? (See Art Therapy Color Code on Exercise 10.2, pg. 167.) What attributes did you list that you would like to use as inner resources more often? Although not required, feel free to upload a picture of your butterfly.
Drawing for Emotional Relief: What theme did you chose and why? What colors did you use and what do those colors mean? (See Art Therapy Color Code on Exercise 10.2, pg. 167.) The best you can, describe your drawing. Although not required, feel free to upload a picture of your drawing.NO
If love is the energy that moves the human spirit, then fear is the metaphorical brake that stops love in its tracks. How does fear impede your ability to express love? Explain in at