Health Vocabulary - Alyssa

Personal Identity

Your sense of yourself as a unique individual.

Role Model

Someone whose success or behavior serves as an example for you.


A complex set of characteristics that makes you unique.


The distinctive qualities that describe how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.


A firm observance of core ethical values.

Constructive Criticism

Non-hostile comments that point out problems and encourage improvement.

Mental/Emotional Health

The ability to accept yourself and others, express and manage emotions, and deal with the demands and challenges you meet in your life.


The ability to adapt effectively and recover from disappointment, difficulty, and crisis.


How much you value, respect, and feel confident in yourself.


Having enough skills to do something.

Hierarchy of Needs

Ranked list of those needs essential to human growth and development, presented in ascending order, starting with basic needs and building toward the need to reach your highest potential.


To strive to be the best you can.


Signals that tell your mind and body how to react.


Chemicals produced by your glands that regulate the activities of different body cells.


The intentional use of unfriendly or offensive behavior


The ability to understand and imagine how someone else feels.

Defense Mechanisms

Mental processes that protect individuals from strong or stressful emotions or situations.