When it comes to psychology, it is so hard to pinpoint one concept that I found most interesting because there are so many! This is the first psychology course I have ever taken and it has brought me to a whole new level of understanding about the human body and the ways of life. Many of these topics have made me look at life through a new lens. If I had to choose one that influenced me the most, it would be stress/stress management! This really caught my attention, and I will never forget what I learned. The research done by psychologists that has proven that stress and Coronary Heart Disease are, in some cases, very strongly related really caught my attention. At the age of 18, I had a heart attack in October of 2010. My cardiologist suspected that it was stress related due to the fact that my heart had no damage and there was no blockage in my arteries. The concept of stress will always be important to me now. I have realized the impact it can have on ones life. Stress management is something I will never forget after what has happened to me and what I have learned in this class. Many things play into it as talked about in the book, such as sleep, diet, activity, and setting a time-management schedule. It's a big influence on everyone's life, especially us college students. After learning about CHD and how it is caused by stress, I am rather paranoid about how I handle my stress and other variables such as diet and working out. After having a heart attack, I'm going to do everything I possibly can to keep my health at its maximum using the things I have learned in this course.
Stress/stress management is just one of the many concepts that I will remember from this course!