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Stone Mountain Middle

Dekalb County Schools


Unit 1 Standards and Notes

Standard/Topic HE.8.3.A: Self Concept
Element/Standard HE.8.3.A.16: Identifies factors that promote a positive self-image (e.g., accepting responsibility; respect for self, authority, and others; self-discipline, self-control, and the right to be assertive).
Standard/Topic HE.8.3.B: Persuasion
Element/Standard HE.8.3.B.17: Recognizes how sexual decisions are influenced by group pressures (e.g., community, media, peer).
Standard/Topic HE.8.3.C: Refusal Skills
Element/Standard HE.8.3.C.18: Identifies ways of resisting persuasive tactics regarding sexual involvement (e.g., saying "no," negotiation, using refusal, and decision-making skills).
Standard/Topic HE.8.3.D: Dating
Element/Standard HE.8.3.D.19: Identifies social, emotional, intellectual, and economic effects of dating.
Standard/Topic HE.8.3.E: Decision-Making
Element/Standard HE.8.3.E.20: Recognizes that having children is best undertaken in marriage.



Your Mental and Emotional Health

1. Having good mental and emotional health means being able to accept yourself, accept others, and adapt.

2. Adapting, adjusting to new situations.

3. Many different qualities give you your individuality personality - the unique combination of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that make you different from everyone else. It affects how you handle problems and situations. Some people are friendly, others are shy, and some are outgoing.

4. Self-concept - the view you have of yourself.

1. You develop your self-concept through experiences and relationships with others.

2. Achieving a positive self-concept is important to good mental and emotional health.

5. Your personality and self-concept determine your self-esteem the way you feel about yourself, and how you value yourself. When you have high self-esteem, you feel valued.

6. Resilience - the ability to bounce back from disappointment. Resilience allows you to move forward despite disappointment. If you have high self-esteem, you are resilient when things go wrong.

7. It is important for your mental and emotional health that you build your self-esteem.

o · ?List your strengths

o · ?Remember that everyone makes mistakes

o · ?Motivate yourself toward achieving your goals

Understanding Your Emotions

1. Emotions - feelings created in response to thoughts, remarks, and events. Learning how to express emotions in a healthy manner is important to your mental/emotional, social, and physical health.

2. Anxiety-a state of uneasiness, usually associated with a future uncertainty. A heightened state of anxiety can cause panic.
Deal with
anxiety: by talking with family and friends to get encouragement and reassurance.

3. Panic-a feeling of sudden intense fear.

4. Fear - your body’s alert system. It can keep you safe from danger, but it can also keep you from doing things that are necessary. Being afraid all of the time is unhealthy. Deal with fear: by talking to friends and family to get support in overcoming the fear.

5. Anger - a normal emotional release. Not expressing anger can be physically and emotionally harmful. It is important to deal with anger in a healthy and appropriate way.

6. Everyone has emotional needs. These are needs that affect your feelings and sense of well-being.

7. Three main emotional needs are:

o · ?1. The need to love and be loved

o · ?2. To feel that you belong

o · ?3. To feel like you are making a difference

It is important to find healthy ways to meet your emotional needs.