Saturday, April 12, 2014

How does temperature affect you? Have you ever considered weather to be a stressor in your life? Why or why not?

          Temperature is a component of one's sensory experience; therefore, temperature can either be too cold or too hot and cause stress. Individuals vary in regards to what they deem as acceptable or unacceptable and what is stressful or not stressful; therefore, a particular temperature may cause stress for one individual but may not cause stress for another individual. This is because one individual may find that sensory experience to be acceptable, while another individual does not find it to be acceptable (Augustin, 2009).
          I have and still do dislike certain types of weather, such as cold weather but I have never considered weather to be a stressor in my life because the majority of my life has been spent in warmer year round climates until relocating to North Carolina. However, after reading the material in this course and other psychology courses, I have an understanding of how weather can be a stressor in my life. Therefore, winter weather is a stressor in my life.      
How do other aspects of weather, such as wind and sunlight, affect you?
          Other aspects of weather, such as wind and sunlight can cause stress as well. Wind and sunlight are still components of an individual's sensory experiences; therefore, an individual may find a particular amount of wind speed and a particular amount of sunlight as stressful, while another individual might find these same sensory experiences as acceptable.      
Augustin, S. (2009). Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

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