Personality and Stress Management: Book Preface

 Personality and Stress Management: Book  Preface

Author: Hasan Yahya, professor of Comparative Sociology

 This is a preface for my book: Personality and Stress Management, 2008. Published on the election day, where a historical breakthrough brought Barak Obama, as the winner over USA Presidency.

No body is perfect! I believe. But if you do what you love, you have to love what you do. And if you do that, then you are happy. Many people do things as if they are doing it by force. It is not important what type of force they have over them to do. But they have to love what they do. No matter what force they had over you you have already done it. In both cases whither the force came from a friend or not a friend. If people   don’t love what they do, they will feel guilty or sorry after doing what they do. If they become guilty of what they do, then it will be easy for stress to occupy their minds and their lives. In this case it is better for you to do what love, and to love what you do. Now, If you were asked this question. What is the most important three thing in life make you happy the most.? WITHOUT looking at the following list of things. What would be your answer? Reading this line will make your eyes jump directly to the list immediately, but wait a minute, give yourself a moment, and close your eyes, think of the question again, then respond to it and select the most important THREE things in your life which make you happy. I trust you, do it right now. OK. I am not kidding. And I am not testing you. Because I know you’re smart.   Select after you open your eyes. Write down these selections.

 1……….….…. 2………..… 3……………

 When you finish, look at the following list and select again from the things in it and select three from it. You have one minute time, or two or may be three minutes PLUS. It’s OK. Now. Set,   GO.

Love                     School Job,           Family

Thy Self                Nation                    Auto

Money                   Success                 Friendship

Hope                      Marality               Justice

Loyalty                  Trust                       Honor

Health                    Happiness             Travel

OK, did you finish? OK. You selected three things from the above LIST What are they ? write them down:

 1…………… 2………….. 3. ……………


Finished, OK. Now,   is your selection was from the list? You will answer: Yes. Compare your answers between BEFORE looking at the list and AFTER you looked at the list. If your selection was from the list. Surely, you are open wide to have problems of stress, anxiety, depression, anger and fear and may be suicide later in life. I ‘ll call these factors from now on, the GANG FIVE Monsters (GFM), threaten your life, and I can tell you immediately that you are open to frustration and anger any time. I will tell you WHY? Before the question pop up in your mind. You may answer three options from the list, that’s OK, or may not select from the list, it is also OK. If your answer was from the list or outside the list, did not include the most important thing in your life, you missed the point, because the right answer I expected from you to say: LIFE itself. If this was not among the three previous to reading the list or after reading it, .you are in trouble. Psychologically speaking. WHY? LIFE itself is the answer for those who have no windows open wide for stress or any of the GFM in their lives. Simple.

Therefore, you have to protect your life, because if you loose it, you don’t need psychotherapy, you don’t need to cope with the GFM, you don’t need medical doctors to cure your madness or frustration, stress, anxiety, fear, anger or depression. You ‘ve gone forever, you have no life to learn how to cope with these monsters. GOT IT. They say, the one doesn’t have cannot give. And your life gives you all options in the list to be happy. It gives you love, gives you luck, money, honor, success, loyalty, family, and it gives you friendship, satisfaction, and happiness. TO BE ALIVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING which makes anyone happy.

Seriously, if your answer was one of the above selection without including LIFE in your selection before or after reading the list, you are in trouble, and you have something the Greek philosopher Epicurus (341–270 BC) have also missed. He proposed, Pleasure as the supreme good and main goal of life but he also said, that only through self-restraint and moderation. Which gives a person the ability to tolerate frustration and discomfort which is central to stress management and PTSD diseases. See, he revised his suggestion for pleasure, and added the factor of LIFE, because if you passed away , in other words, dead, you have no self-restraint and moderation. You are dead, or don’t give a damn to LIFE, because it is taken for granted, that you are alive, and therefore, you don’t need to say it or mention it as an answer for the answer of the supposed question, made at the beginning of this preface. No body’s perfect.

Any answer of course is expected from you. No one have the power over yourself can limit your imagination or innovation to say what you want or select from inside or outside the list as a response. You had the free will to think and choose. But you did what you did to answer the question posed here, Whatever force I had over you is not important, the most important thing, that you have to think of your life first, then think of stress, anger, anxiety, depression, and fear. Am I right? May be.

People used to conform in their normal life, if they were greeted, they respond. If they were asked, they also respond. If they were called, they also respond. Your response is normal, but what is NOT normal, is to give a response, others expect from you to conform to what they ask for. You have your own personality with different traits from others, you have control of your self and actions. If your personality was of Type A, or Type B. personality, and I knew that about you, I can guess what your answer would be from the above list. I would also guess whither you are open minded or close minded according to some psychologists. I would guess whither you belong to the first in hierarchy or the last in Maslow’s model of human needs. Further, I would guess your age, and may be your sex. Believe me, I can guess too many things about you. And I can tell you what you need to cope and how to manage all or one of the FGMs. You don’t believe me. OK. It’s up to you. As I told you. You are in control of your self, and you think surely, that LIFE itself, Is, and should be the first to think as bringing happiness to your life. Think about it.

Best4This book is very much different from the sixteen books I authored and published, but close to some of my papers presented in professional sociological or psychological or educational conferences. Life satisfaction and happiness in life is an interesting subject. I ask people very simple question, who are you? I made research among Muslims, non Muslims, Arabs, and non-Arabs, American and non Americans, young adults, males females, middle aged, and old and asked this simple question. Guess what the answers would be. Some gives their names, other group gives their religion, other some say their job, a forth group gives their nationality, still other have different answers, they may give to define themselves by their sex, and finally they may give an answer that they are humans, or else. The question is simple enough to think about. It is not about your name, or religion, or sex, or age, or your job or your nationality. WHO ARE YOU? I used different methods to reach out to people and let them choose from a list. 99% of the respondents in my research projects where exactly like you. They answer almost the same concepts you picked, or other concepts from the list. So, knowing this, will give you a quality as normal and unique as a member of the people who picked the same as you did. Life is worth everything good in it. Life is the tree where birds come to rest and go. And finally, I bring this quote from China, it reads: The miracle for humans is not to fly in the air, or to walk on

the water, but to walk on the earth. However, happiness cannot be determined by walking on the earth. Let me ask this question: Which country do you think is the first on happiness? That means lack of stress and anxiety. A researcher has put together a map of happiness in the world. The map shows that Denmark is the No. 1 destination. Because of health levels, prosperity and education were the strongest determinants of happiness. Money might not guarantee happiness, but it does make a significant contribution when it is spend on healthcare and education. It probably comes as no surprise that Zimbabwe and Burundi come bottom: oddly enough, the USA is placed at 23 and UK at 41 out of 178 countries.

This book includes fourteen chapters, Chapter one, covers the proposed new science of Socio-Therapy Chapter two, show the new role for socio-therapists. Chapter three about psycho-therapy. Chapters 4 to 10 deal with the PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, fear and anger. Their symptoms and management. Chapter 11. discusses personality definitions and personality types.   Chapter 12 provides some abstract related to previous topics and women depression. Chapter 13 brings some therapy cases from the field. Chapter 14 Interesting references from the Internet selected for related books and sites. References conclude the book. Hoping that the material included in this book may satisfy those who need to know more about PTSD epidemics and informational resources.

The Author

Lansing, USA





About Arab American Encyclopedia-USA - Hasan Yahya

HASAN YAHYA was born at a small village called Majdal-YaFa (Majdal Sadiq) in Mandate Palestine (1944). He migrated as a refugee to Mes-ha, a village east of Kufr Qasim, west of Nablus (in the West Bank), then moved with his family to Zarka, 25 km north of Amman – Jordan. He finished the high school at Zarka Secondary School, 1963. He was appointed as a teacher in the same year. Studied Law first at Damascus University, then B.A from Lebanon University in Arabic literature and Eastern Cultures (1975). He moved to Kuwait. Where he got married in 1967. He was working at Kuwait Television, taught at bilingual School, and Kuwait University. In 1982, Hasan left to the United States to continue his education at Michigan State University. He got the Master Degree in 1983, the Ph.D degree in 1988 in Education (Psychology of Administration ). In 1991, He obtained his post degree in Social research, the result was a second Ph.D degree in Comparative sociology-Social Psychology. He was the only Arab student who enrolled ever to pursue two simultaneous Ph.D programs from Michigan State University and fulfill their requirements perfectly. Professor Yahya employment history began as a supervisor of a joint project to rehabilitate Youth (inmates out of prison) by Michigan State University and Intermediate School Districts. Worked also as a Teacher Assistant and lecturer in the same university. He was offered a position at Lansing Community College as well as Jackson Community College where he was assistant professor, then associate professor, then full professor (1991-2006). He taught Sociology, psychology, education, criminology and research methods. He supervised 19 Master and Ph.D candidates on various personal, economic psychological and social development topics. Professor Yahya published Hundreds (1000 Plus on this site) of articles and research reports in local, regional, and international journals. His interest covers local, regional and global conflicts. He also authored, translated, edited and published over 280 plus books in several languages, in almost all fields especial education, sociology and psychology. These books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. He also, was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University to give Research Methods and Conflict Management courses. Prof. Yahya accepted an offer to join Zayed University Faculty Team in 1998, then he served as the Head of Education and Psychology Department at Ajman University of Science and Technology 2001-04. Dr. Yahya established several institutes in Diaspora, the Arab American Encyclopedia, Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi Project, (Revival of Arab Heritage in Diaspora.Recently he was nominated for honorary committee member for the Union of Arab and Muslim Writers in America. He was affiliated with sociological associations and was a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) at USA. Social Activities and Community Participation: Dr. Yahya was a national figure on Diversity and Islamic Issues in the United States, with special attention to Race Relations and Psychology of Assimilation (generations 1,2 &3). He was invited as a public speaker to many TV shows and interviews in many countries. His philosophy includes enhancing knowledge to appreciate the others, and to compromise with others in order to live peacefully with others. This philosophy was the backgrounds of his theory, called “ Theory C. of Conflict Management”. And developed later to a Science of Cultural Normalization under the title: “Crescentology. The results of such theory will lead to world peace depends on a global Knowledge, Understanding, appreciation, and Compromising (KUAC)” Recently Prof. Yahya started "Publish your book FREE Project", to serve young Arab Writers. Dr. Yahya accepted the offer to be the chief editor of the International Humanities Studies Journal -I-H-S-Jerusalem, since July 2014. (Revised Sept. 2014) ولد الدكتور حسن عبدالقادر يحيى في مجدل يابا من أعمال يافا – فلسطين عام 1944. تلقى علومه الابتدائية في مدرسة بديا الأميرية في الضفة الغربية أيام احتوائها ضمن المملكة الأدردنية الهاشمية وتخرج في جامعة بيروت حاملاً الإجازة في اللغة العربية وآدابها، ودبلوم التأهيل التربوي من كلية القديس يوسف بلبنان، ودبلوم الدراسات العليا (الماجستير) ودكتوراة في الإدارة التربوية من جامعة ولاية ميشيغان بالولايات المتحدة عام 1988، وشهادة الدكتوراه في علم الاجتماع المقارن من الجامعة نفسها عام 1991. عمل في التدريس والصحافة الأدبية. أديب وشاعر وقاص ، ,كما عمل في تلفزيون الكويت الرسمي كمعد ومنسق برامج ثم اتجه إلى الكتابة والتأليف في علوم كثيرة تخص علمي النفس والاجتماع والتنمية البشرية ، والتغير الاجتماعي والسكان وألف ونشر العديد من المقالات (1000 +) والكتب باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية (أكثر من 330 كتابا) ، منها ست مجموعات قصصية وست كتب للأطفال ، وأربع دواوين شعرية باللغتين أيضا. وعدد من كتب التراث في الشعر والأدب والأخلاق الإسلامية والتربية والأديان . وهو الآن أستاذ متقاعد في جامعة ولاية ميشيغان. . وكان عضوا سابقا في جمعية العلماء المسلمين في أمريكا . وجمعية علماء الاجتماع الأمريكية - ميشيغان، وهو مؤسس الموسوعة العربية الأمريكية في الولايات المتحدة ضمن مشروع إحياء التراث العربي في بلاد المهجرز كما تم ترشيحه مؤخرا ليكون عضو مجلس التحرير لمجلة الدراسات الإنسانية العالمية. وقد قبل أن يتسلم رئاسة تحريرها اعتبارا من نهاية يونيو 2014 His email: Thank you!
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