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Kinds of Coping (Secondary Appraisal Level)

    Problem-focused coping - In problem-focused coping, people try to short-circuit negative emotions by taking some action to modify, avoid, or minimize the threatening situation. They change their behavior to deal with the stressful situation. Problem-focused coping is a long term coping strategy.

    Emotion-focused coping - In emotion-focused coping, people try to directly moderate or eliminate unpleasant emotions. Examples of emotion-focused coping include rethinking the situation in a positive way, relaxation, denial, & wishful thinking. May work in the short-run, but usually doesn't solve the basic stressful problem.

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Robert C. Gates