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What is a cognitive distortion?

A relaxation technique
A stress response
A thinking error

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Answer: A cognitive distortion is a thinking error. It is an illogical, inaccurate thought. Unfortunately, we often believe these thoughts to be the truth!



What is an example of an unhealthy stress?

Having to run from a wild animal.
Worrying about a test that you already took.
Taking a test at school.

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Answer: Worrying about a test that you already took can be unhealthy stress if you keep worrying! Worrying about something in the past, over and over, is creating a negative thinking cycle. Just worrying about something actually triggers a stress response, so when we worry about something that is actually over and done with, we are constantly triggering a stress response--with no end in sight! Relaxation Techniques can help stop the worrying.



What is an example of an unhealthy stress coping strategy?

Yelling
Smoking
Nail Biting
All of the above

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Answer: All of the above are unhealthy coping strategies. They don't stop a stress response, and they don't solve a problem. In fact, they can create more problems! Relaxation Techniques are healthy coping strategies!



Human beings are the only ones in the animal kingdom that experience stress.

True
False

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Answer: False. All animals (including humans!) experience survival stress. However, only humans can trigger a stress response simply by thinking about something in the past or future.



The Relaxation Response is...

Automatic
The opposite of the stress response
None of the above

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Answer: The opposite of the stress response.