Joshua is a Professor of Biobehavioural Health and Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University, who focuses on understanding how people, their perceptions and interactions with the world, shape their health. He is uniquely interested in how we respond to stress, manage stress and the interventions that we can share to improve happiness, wellbeing, resilience and health.
What is a stressor? How do people react to them differently? And what can we do to help people respond less if it is not necessary, or more appropriately when it is necessary, to deal with challenges in their environment?
Every stressor has multiplying attributes and plays a unique role in an individuals life and our capacity to evaluate what an event means to us determines how we respond. Avoiding or ignoring the problem is only helpful in the short term, so what do we need to do for the longer term?
Learn about expressive writing and how it can create order and distance to facilitate changes in the neurorepresentation of the brain, from an emotional image based representation to a language and fact based representation.
Joshua’s strategies have proven to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed by a stressful event, helping people break down and manage the challenges in their lives. He had written a book with James W Pennebaker, called:
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