Is Survivor All Fun And Games?

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Is competing on a reality television show like Survivor all fun and games? The contestants on Survivor all have to endure the many stresses that come with the competition. “Stress is a common experience that has negative effects on individuals such as diminished physical and mental health”. (Lewandowski, Maddingly, and Pedreiro). Contestants are constantly having to deal with the social stresses of the situations they find themselves in. Survivor is a game of developing social bonds with the people competing against one another and then breaking them when the time is right; whether the situation is establishing dominance in the social hierarchy or forming an alliance, both can be equally stressful. Secondly, they must endure countless physical stresses. Survivor contestants are constantly dealing with things like extreme hunger, dehydration, heat exhaustion, extreme weather, or just not having the simple comforts of life we all take for granted like blankets and pillows. Lastly, Survivor contestants are constantly having to deal with the psychological stresses of the competition as well. The contestants are constantly dealing with things like Competitive Anxiety, Competitive Arousal, or just knowing that all the surrounding people are against them and will most likely stab them in the back at some point in the next forty days. Survivor may be a game show, but it is far from a fun game to play; the causes of stress from being a competitor on a reality television show like

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