Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Objective and Subjective definition for the following terms: "Crisis" and "Precipitating Event"


Objective definition: (Merriam-Webster, Incorporation)

                1 a: the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever

                   b: a paroxysmal attack of pain, distress, or disordered function

                   c: an emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person’s life

                2  : the decisive moment

                3 a: an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially 

        : one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome

   b: a situation that has reached a critical phase

Subjective definition:

                For me a crisis is the moment of realization that no matter what you decide, things are on the verge of changing forever. It is the moment when panic and fear threaten to overwhelm you at the very thought that you are reaching this unavoidable moment in your life. Crises are usually situations which are completely out of your control leaving you only the option of how you will react to the events unfolding.

Precipitating event:

Objective definition:

                A series of factors or events that (bring on or lead to) trigger the onset of psychological difficulties. (Carole Wade G-7)

Subjective definition:

                From what I gathered in my psychology course in college, a precipitating event is a series of real or perceived events that serves as the triggering point for most crises. We were very careful to make the distinction that sometimes precipitating events could be unrealistic perceived events that not only triggered the crisis but were a sign that the person was already in a state of psychological distress. This type of trigger occurs particularly with those that suffer from emotional or personality disorders or those with an organic related mental disease. That is not to say that precipitating events of a crisis are not real. On the contrary they can very well be real life events but it is important to determine which has occurred to help further help and diagnose a person.
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