Coping: The Psychology of What Works

Hardcover | February 1, 1999

byC. R. SnyderEditorC. R. Snyder

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Most people take the process of coping for granted as they go about their daily activities. In many ways, coping is like breathing, an automatic process requiring no apparent effort. However, when people face truly threatening events--what psychologists call stressors--they become acutelyaware of the coping process and respond by consciously applying their day-to-day coping skills. Coping is a fundamental psychological process, and people's skills are commensurately sophisticated. This volume builds on people's strengths and emphasizes their role as positive copers. It featurestechniques for preventing psychological problems and breaks from the traditional research approach, which is modeled on medicine and focuses on pathology and treatment. Collecting both award-winning research and new findings, this book may well set the agenda for research on stress and coping forthe next century. These provocative and readable essays explore a variety of topics, including reality negotiation, confessing through writing, emotional intelligence, optimism, hope, mastery-oriented thinking, and more. Unlike typical self-help books available at any newsstand, this volume features the work of someof the most eminent researchers in the field. Yet like those books it is written for the general reader, as well as for the specialist, and includes numerous practical suggestions and techniques. It will prove an invaluable tool for a wide range of readers.

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A psychological defense mechanism most of us take for granted, coping is a skill we use in our everyday lives. Still, we don’t really think about it until something traumatic happens, like a loved one dying, losing our belongings in a fire, or the overwhelming stress in our lives. This book brings new findings and research to light. Me...

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Most people take the process of coping for granted as they go about their daily activities. In many ways, coping is like breathing, an automatic process requiring no apparent effort. However, when people face truly threatening events--what psychologists call stressors--they become acutelyaware of the coping process and respond by consc...

C. R. Snyder is at University of Kansas.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 1.42 inPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. C.R. Snyder and Beth L. Dinoff: Coping: Where Have You Been?2. Raymond L.Higgins and Ruth Q. Leibowitz: Reality Negotiation and Coping: The Social Construction of Silk Purses from Sows' Earsn 3Roy F. Baumeister, Jon E. Faber, and Harry M. Wallace: Coping and Ego Depletion4. Joshua M. Smyth and James W. Pennebaker: Sharing One's Story: Translating Emotional Experiences into Words as a Coping Tool5. Annette L. Stanton and Rob Franz: Focusing on Emotion: An Adaptive Coping Strategy6. David Watson, James P. David, and Jerry Suls: Personality, Affectivity, and Coping7. Peter Salovey, Brian T. Bedell, Jerusha B. Detweiler, and John D. Mayer: Coping Intelligently: Emotional Intelligence and the Coping Process8. Andrew Shatte, Karen Reivich, Jane E. Gillham, and Martin E. P. Seligman: Learned Optimism in Children9. Charles S. Carver and Michael F. Scheier: Optimism10. C. R. Snyder, Jen Cheavens, and Scott T. Michael: Hoping11. Carol S. Dweck and Lisa A. Sorich: Mastery-Oriented Thinking12. Christopher Peterson and Christina H. Moon: Coping with Catastrophes and Catastrophizing13. Howard Tennen and Glenn Affleck: Finding Benefits in Adversity14. Ronnie Janoff-Bulman: Rebuilding Shattered Assumptions After Traumatic Life Events: Coping Processes and Outcomes15. C. R. Snyder: Coping: Where Are You Going?

From Our Editors

A psychological defense mechanism most of us take for granted, coping is a skill we use in our everyday lives. Still, we don’t really think about it until something traumatic happens, like a loved one dying, losing our belongings in a fire, or the overwhelming stress in our lives. This book brings new findings and research to light. Meant for the general reader or specialist, Coping: The Psychology of What Works explores interesting and wide-ranging topics. These include reality negotiation, emotional intelligence, hope and optimism.

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"This is an encouraging and enlightening book that presents exciting research challenges. It would be a good library reference text, and a useful clinical tool in medical settings. The ideas presented and the work done with children and older students would also commend this book to schoolpersonnel." -- R.G. Schnurr, PhD, Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Vol 33, No 4, June 2000