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Encyclopedia > Coping skill

A coping skill is a behavioral tool which may be used by individuals to offset or overcome adversity, disadvantage, or disability without correcting or eliminating the underlying condition. Coping skills are also sometimes called work-arounds. Adversity is defined as a state of misfortune or affliction, or it may be used to describe a calamitous event. ... In Policy Debate, a disadvantage (abbreviated as DA) is an argument that a team brings up against a policy action that is being considered. ... The term disability, as it is applied to humans, refers to any condition that impedes the completion of daily tasks using traditional methods. ...


Virtually all living beings routinely utilize coping skills in daily life. These are perhaps most noticeable in response to physical disabilities. An easy example of the use of coping skills in the animal kingdom are three-legged dogs, which typically learn to overcome the obvious disability to become as agile and mobile as their four-legged counterparts, whether born with the disability, or having received it due to an injury. Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog is a canine carnivorous mammal that has been domesticated for thousands of years. ...


When helping humans deal with specific problems, professional counselors have found that a focus of attention on coping skills (with or without remedial action) often helps individuals. The range of successful coping skills varies widely with the problems to be overcome. However, the learning and practice of coping skills are generally regarded as very helpful to most individuals. Even the sharing of learned coping skills with others is often beneficial.


Some coping methods are, however, not beneficial, and may actually worsen one's condition. Alcohol and cocaine, for example, may provide temporary escape from one's problems, but ultimately result in greater hardship. Even some cognitive coping behaviors, such as denial and projection, may exacerbate one's problem rather than remedy it. In general usage, alcohol (from Arabic al-khwl الكحول, or al-ghawl الغول) refers almost always to ethanol, also known as grain alcohol, and often to any beverage that contains ethanol (see alcoholic beverage). ... Cocaine is a crystalline alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Denial is a psychological defense mechanism in which a person faced with a fact that is uncomfortable or painful to accept rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. ... Psychological projection (or projection bias) can be defined as unconsciously assuming that others share the same or similar thoughts, beliefs, values, or positions on any given subject. ...


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A workaround is a bypass of a recognized problem in a system. ...

External link

  • Mental Health Coping Skills (http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/mental_health/coping_skills.shtml)

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Coping skill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (304 words)
A coping skill is a behavioral tool which may be used by individuals to offset or overcome adversity, disadvantage, or disability without correcting or eliminating the underlying condition.
An easy example of the use of coping skills in the animal kingdom are three-legged dogs, which typically learn to overcome the obvious disability to become as agile and mobile as their four-legged counterparts, whether born with the disability, or having received it due to an injury.
One group of coping skills are coping mechanisms, defined as the skills used to reduce stress.
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