The Schematrix Conflict Theory of Stress & Coping

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the dictionary definition is ‘A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression’

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Dissertation on a new causal theory of stress The Schematrix Conflict Theory of Stress & Copingby Sarah L. MacdonaldSubmitted in part assessment for Bsc Honours Psychology At: Northampton University. NorthamptonDate: April 2006 DeclarationThis study was carried out in totality by myself and is the responsibility of myelf alone.Signed S.L.MacdonaldDated Scientists should aim to develop theories which are simple, true and have a high degree of explanatory power (Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, 1959) AbstractThirty years of stress and coping research has produced little in the way of fundamental, testable theory, as declared in publications by major stress research groups. This study proposes, describes and tests a new causal theory, of stress based on an expansion of the traditional concept of schemata. The theory postulates the existence of a matrix of schemata (The Schematrix) made up of all manner of types of psychological structure and covering all aspects of mental (and physical) functioning. The theory hypothesises that stress occurs when the schematrix conflicts with so called real life. That is to say what is expected is confounded by actuality. Illustrations are given of the way the theory might work in explaining current observations. There is discussion around ways of testing the theory including difficulties and ideas for overcoming these problems. These ideas are developed into protocols and test

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