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How are these stressors impacting Michael’s or Jennifer’s self-concepts and self-esteem?

Each individual perceives these stressors differently. In Michael’s case, his self-concept is based on feelings and interpersonal needs. He might feel that divorce is a “failure on his part” which might affect his self-esteem. Michael fears to loose the ability to support himself and his children in the event that he lost his job. In essence, he feels that the need to have control over the situation and the need to connect with other people by feeling indispensable and love. If these needs are met in healthy ways, Michael will feel very positive, competent and useful. Therefore, the result is a positive self-concept and self-esteem. On the other hand, if the needs are not met; Michael will feel worthless and empty. As a result, the outcome is a negative self-concept and lack of self-esteem. Positive self-concept will give Michael internal resources that will help him deal with his problems and stress.

( I am working on Jennifer's now)

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    Your answer about Michael looks good. :-)

    Are you sure you need to answer these questions about both people? I thought your instructions indicated that you could choose just one case study to analyze.

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    Ms. Sue that is true I am doing double work. Thanks a lot.

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    You're welcome. :-) I'll see you tomorrow.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Ms. Sue,

    Have a great evening,

    I will continue tomorrow.

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    How might Michael’s or Jennifer’s situation illustrate adjustment? How might this
    situation become an opportunity for personal growth?

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