Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Stress

Today we talked about stress. We took the Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment scale and shared how life's changes had affected us, and how things that used to be so insignificant seems so very significant, and how our perspectives have changed. It was interesting to note that things we put on our "daily life stressor" list would fall on the "occasional, or uncontrolable stressor" list if we lived in the USA.

A few examples:
1. Power outages in East Africa are normal. You expect them to happen, often daily, but it is still stressful. In America when the power goes out people lose it.
2. Gathering of food for a meal. In East Africa you might spend half the day getting your groceries, visiting the market, bargaining, going to the butcher, etc...here you just go to Walmart.

The Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Scale we took today was modified. Instead of checking off the stressors for the last two years, we were instructed to check off the ones we experienced in the last 12 months...and if they happened more than once, multiply the value by the number of times it occured over the last 12 months.

I scored 959. We were told the average missionary scores between 800 and 1000. Glad to hear I am normal.

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