After reviewing David G. Myersmodules of emotion, I have become further aware of my emotion, cognition andbehaviors. Over the course of ten days I have significantly altered my mentaland physical state of stress through the power of understanding emotion and cognition.My experiment Altering the Emotion ofStress has certainly provided enlightening knowledge regarding thetransformation of negative emotion, self-control, cognition and emotionaldevelopment.
The experiment has proven to be positively beneficial by providingsatisfactory results and successfully altering the emotion of stress into apositive and happy state of being. Althoughemotion can vary per person, there are three main theories of emotion. “Emotion is a complex psychological state that involves threedistinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and abehavioral or expressive response” (Cherry).A popular theory, theJames-Lange theory, states that emotion is a result of our physiologicalresponse to a stimulus. For example, imagine just witnessing a car crash; yourheart suddenly and vicariously begins to pound.
Lange believes that we fearbecause our heart pounds. In contrast, the Cannon-Bard theory suggests that ourautomatic reactions to a stimulus and our cognition occur simultaneously;Suggesting that fear and pounding of the heart occur at the same time. Lastly, theTwo-Factor Theory, which was developed by Schachter and Singer, proposes thatin order to experience emotion, one must cognitively label emotion at the timeof physically arousal.
Emotionis a complex yet natural state ofmind that develops from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.In psychology emotions, specifically negative emotions, are known to havesubstantial impacts on the human body and on human health. The feeling ofstress is recorded as a major link to the six leading causes of death (AmericanPsychological Association). Stress can trigger bad moods (Myers 432),which untimely can influence cognition. When cognition is negatively alteredthe world may become a distorted dwelling. Many studies have concluded thatcognitive functions can be maintained by keeping an active lifestyle.
Thisevidence had supported my thesis; The emotion of stress can certainly bealtered through an increase of daily vitamin intake, sleep and exercise. Thecombination of the three controlled factors will surely create a stress-reliefconcoction of positivity and delight. The experiment ofalteration consisted of two segments. Segment A was strictly a five-dayobservational period where I became increasingly more aware of my emotionalstate. In Segment A, I lived life asnormal except I was to record any noticeable emotions, cognition, arousals andfeelings.
Within the observation ofSegment, A, to my surprise, I found that a majority of the time my cognitionwas highly pessimistic. I’ve also discovered that I was often tired andmiserably stressed, mentally and physically. I noticed that the arousal of foodand increased sleep caused and alteration in emotion; happiness andsatisfaction. However, I found that I did not eat very healthy; instead I ategreasy and fatty foods to satisfy my stress. It was also noticed that I oftenfound myself frustrated, down/suppressed and irritable. In Segment A I’veconcluded that my normal state of emotion was mainly negative. The second segment, segment B, consisted ofcontrolled factors which considerably altered the emotion of stress.
Segment Bbegan with vitamin intake, increased sleep and daily exercise. Every day at precisely 9AM, I would ingest organicvitamins: B-12, Fish oil, one Daily Cleanse vitamin and one vitamin C tablet. SegmentB also included thirty minutes of cardio as well as thirty minutes of weighttraining once a day, for five days. Lastly, I included a sleep alteration insegment B.
For the five days I made sure that I received eight ours of sleepevery night. For the experiment, I did not want to skimp out on any sleep, sincesleep can leave us not only sleepy but drained of energy and feelings ofwell-being (Myers 94). I theorized that sleep along with exercise willimpactfully increase positively and assist in relieving stress. According to Psychology Professor David G. Myers”moderate exercise adds quantity of life—two additional years, onaverage—and also quality of life, with more energy, better mood, and strongerrelationships” (426). Myers then states that the physical effects from notexercising can be toxic.
Many studies have concluded that exercise can decreasedepression, anxiety and stress. A combination of these physical arousals provedto be successful in alter my cognition and emotion. The experiment untimelyresulted in a more positive and stress-free perception and experience ofemotions. Overall, I’ve learnedthat cognition can indeed be altered through the practice of exercising themind. Not only will physical exercise relieve stress, but practicing positivitycan reduce stress as well.
Throughout Segment B I noticed that my perceptionstarted to become more positive. Although”emotional ups and downs tend to balance out”, in a self-conducted experiment,I have gravely been enlightened by the power one possesses over their life,perception and emotional state. In the experiment Altering the Emotion of Stress I had personally discovered that thefeeling of stress and the negative emotions that pertain to stress can certainlybe relieved. Routinely exercising, maintain a positive sleep cycle and addingorganic vitamin intake to your daily routine will definitely assist on thealteration of negative emptions such as stress and frustration.
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