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Mind/Body Health : The Effects of Attitudes, Emotions and Relationships

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780805378863

ISBN10:
0805378863
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Benjamin Cummings

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Summary

Mind/Body Health: The Effects of Attitudes, Emotions, and Relationships, Third Editiondetails the latest scientific findings regarding the relationship between the mind and body, and discusses how attitudes and emotions directly affect physical health and well-being. Written by an interdisciplinary team of authors, including a professional health educator who is deeply involved in Mind/Body research and an MD/Internist who specializes in Mind/Body practices, this text details current global findings on the relationship between the mind, body, and health. The authors show that negative emotions such as anger, depression, and anxiety can adversely affect physical health while positive emotions such as humor and optimism can serve to improve health and increase longevity. Relationships between physical health and spirituality, attitude, medicine, and various social factors are explored. The authors stress the importance of health choices and lifestyle factors on overall health and well-being, while laying groundwork for continued research in Mind/Body medicine in the 21st century. New to this edition is a chapter on the role nutrition plays in emotional, mental, and physical health.Psychoneuroimmunology - The Mind/Body Connection, The Impact of Stress on Health, The Disease - Prone Personality, Anger, Hostility, and Health, Worry, Fear, and Health, Depression, Despair, Anxiety, and Health, Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation: Health Effects and Treatment, The Disease - Resistant Personality, Social support, Relationships, and Health, Loneliness and Health, Marriage and Health, Families and Health, Grief, Bereavement, and Health, The Healing Power of Spirituality, Altruism and Health, The Healing Power of Hope and Optimism, Explanatory Style and Health, Locus of Control and Health, Self-Esteem and Health, The Healing Power of Humor and Laughter, Nutrition and Mind/Body Health, Behavior Medicine Treatment: Effects on Medical Outcomes and Costs, Methods of Intervention and the Principles of Stress ResilienceFor all readers interested in learning about the effects of attitudes, emotions, and relationships.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
PART I THE MIND/BODY CONNECTION 1(84)
Chapter 1: Psychoneuroimmunology: The Connection Between the Mind and the Body
3(39)
A Definition
4(2)
A Brief History
6(2)
The Mind-Body Connection Today
8(1)
PNI: The Major Components
9(5)
The Immune System
14(2)
The Immune System in Action
16(1)
Malfunctions
17(1)
The Brain-Immune System Connection
18(2)
The Immune System and Emotion
20(3)
The Role of Religion
23(1)
The Emotion-Immunity Connection in Heart Disease, Cancer, and Other Conditions
24(10)
The Mind and Longevity
34(2)
Criticisms of the Mind-Body Approach
36(1)
The Challenge for the Twenty-first Century
37(1)
Endnotes
38(4)
Chapter 2: The Impact of Stress on Health
42(43)
Definitions of Stress
42(3)
The Stress Response
45(3)
Costs and Outcomes of Stress
48(1)
Factors Leading to Stress
49(7)
Job Stress and Health
56(8)
Factors That Influence How We Cope with Stress
64(12)
Self-Perceptions of Stress
76(1)
How to Protect Yourself from Stress
76(2)
Keys for Handling Job Stress
78(2)
Endnotes
80(5)
PART II PERSONALITY STYLES AND HEALTH 85(188)
Chapter 3: The Disease-Prone Personality
87(52)
Definitions and Foundation
87(3)
Disease and Personality: Exploring the Connection
90(5)
Type A Personality: The Coronary Artery Disease-Prone Personality
95(19)
Type D Personality
114(1)
The Controversy
115(1)
Type C Personality: The Cancer-Prone Personality
116(7)
The Rheumatoid Arthritis-Prone Personality
123(4)
The Ulcer-Prone Personality
127(1)
An Asthma-Prone Personality
128(1)
Reducing Your Risks
129(2)
Endnotes
131(8)
Chapter 4: Anger, Hostility, and Health
139(33)
The Definitions of Anger and Hostility
140(2)
Manifestations of Anger and Hostility
142(2)
The Significance of Anger and Hostility
144(1)
Causes of Hostility
145(1)
The Need to Express Anger
146(3)
How the Body Reacts: The Health Effects of Anger and Hostility
149(7)
Anger: The Cancer Connection
156(1)
An Angry/Hostile Heart, an Ill Heart
157(5)
Hostility and Mortality
162(3)
What to Do if Anger Is a Problem
165(1)
Endnotes
166(6)
Chapter 5: Worry, Anxiety, Fear, and Health
172(20)
Definitions of Worry
173(1)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
174(1)
Panic Disorder
175(1)
Other Common Anxiety Disorders
175(1)
Somaticizing
176(2)
Effects on the Body
178(1)
The Association of Anxiety with Common Medical Illnesses
179(2)
Worry and the Circulatory System
181(1)
Worry and Asthma
182(1)
The Effects of Uncertainty
183(1)
The Health Consequences of Fear
184(3)
What to Do About Worry and Anxiety
187(1)
Endnotes
188(4)
Chapter 6: Depression, Despair, and Health
192(36)
A Definition
192(2)
Prevalence and Manifestations
194(2)
Causes of Depression
196(4)
Characteristics of Depression
200(2)
Depression and Premenstrual Syndrome
202(1)
Seasonal Affective Disorder
203(2)
The Physiological Changes of Depression
205(3)
Depression and Longevity
208(2)
Depression and the Heart
210(4)
Depression and the Immune System
214(4)
Depression and Cancer
218(1)
Feeling Sad, Feeling Bad
219(1)
What to Do About Depression
220(1)
Endnotes
221(7)
Chapter 7: Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation: Health Effects and Treatment
228(23)
Types and Causes of Insomnia
231(1)
Factors in the Development of Chronic Insomnia
232(2)
Why Do We Sleep?
234(1)
Behavioral and Psychological Effects of Insomnia
235(2)
Physiological Effects of Insomnia
237(2)
Treatment of Insomnia
239(1)
Specific Behavioral Strategies for Treating Insomnia
240(4)
Using Medication to Treat Insomnia
244(1)
Primary Medical Sleep Disorders
245(1)
Conclusions
246(1)
Endnotes
247(4)
Chapter 8: The Disease-Resistant Personality
251(22)
The Role of Stress in Health
252(1)
The Mechanisms of Stress
253(2)
Stress Buffers
255(1)
Gender Differences
256(2)
Personality Traits That Keep Us Well
258(10)
Endnotes
268(5)
PART III SOCIAL SUPPORT AND HEALTH 273(142)
Chapter 9: Social Support, Relationships, and Health
275(35)
Social Support Defined
277(1)
Sources of Social Support
278(2)
How Does Social Support Protect Health?
280(4)
The Ties That Bind
284(7)
Love Stronger, Live Longer
291(4)
Social Connections and the Heart
295(4)
The Best Health Bet-Good Social Ties
299(4)
Touch: A Crucial Aspect of Social Support
303(2)
Endnotes
305(5)
Chapter 10: Loneliness and Health
310(30)
What Is Loneliness?
311(1)
Loneliness Versus Aloneness
312(1)
Trends in Being Alone
313(1)
Reasons for Loneliness
314(1)
Causes of Loneliness
315(2)
Risk Factors for Loneliness
317(2)
The Health Consequences of Loneliness
319(8)
The Importance of Good Friends
327(4)
The Importance of Pets
331(4)
Endnotes
335(5)
Chapter 11: Marriage and Health
340(22)
The Health Hazards of Divorce
340(6)
The Divorced Versus the Unhappily Married
346(3)
The Health Benefits of a Happy Marriage
349(8)
Marriage and Life Expectancy
357(1)
Endnotes
358(4)
Chapter 12: Families and Health
362(26)
What Is a Family?
362(1)
The Early Influence of Parents
363(6)
Traits of Weak or Stressed Families
369(3)
Health Problems in Weak or Stressed Families
372(4)
Traits of Strong Families
376(4)
The Health Benefits of Strong Families
380(4)
Family Reunions: More than a Good Time
384(1)
Endnotes
385(3)
Chapter 13: Grief, Bereavement, and Health
388(27)
The Loss That Leads to Grief
389(2)
Grief: The Natural Effect of Loss
391(2)
The Health Consequences of Bereavement
393(14)
General Mortality Rates
407(2)
Cutting the Risk
409(2)
Endnotes
411(4)
PART IV SPIRITUALITY AND HEALTH 415(106)
Chapter 14: The Healing Power of Spirituality
417(35)
What Is Spirituality and Spiritual Health?
420(5)
Influences on Health
425(4)
Crisis as a Growth Experience
429(2)
The Power of Prayer on Health
431(3)
The Healing Power of Forgiveness
434(3)
Church Affiliation and Health
437(7)
The Essence of Spirituality and Spiritual Well-Being
444(2)
Endnotes
446(6)
Chapter 15: The Healing Power of Altruism
452(19)
How Altruism Boosts Health
453(4)
The Altruistic Personality
457(3)
The Health Benefits of Volunteerism
460(6)
Love: The Emotion Behind It
466(3)
Endnotes
469(2)
Chapter 16: The Healing Power of Faith and Religion
471(31)
The Impact of Faith
475(1)
The Influence of Spirituality, Religion, and Faith on Health
476(4)
The Healing Power of Faith
480(6)
Faith and the Placebo Effect
486(12)
Endnotes
498(4)
Chapter 17: The Healing Power of Optimism
502(19)
Who Are Optimists?
502(3)
How Optimism Influences Health
505(5)
Optimism and Healing
510(4)
Optimism: A Boost to Immunity
514(1)
Optimism's Effect on Mental Health and Performance
515(2)
Optimists and Longevity
517(2)
Endnotes
519(2)
PART V PERCEPTION AND HEALTH 521(62)
Chapter 18: Explanatory Style and Health
523(11)
What Is Explanatory Style?
523(2)
How Permanent Is Explanatory Style?
525(1)
What Are the Effects of Explanatory Style?
525(1)
The Influence of Explanatory Style on Health
526(5)
A Healthy Style, a Healthy Immune System
531(1)
Endnotes
532(2)
Chapter 19: Locus of Control and Health
534(13)
What Does Locus of Control Mean?
534(2)
A Brief History of Control
536(1)
What is the Source of Control?
536(1)
Hardiness and Control
537(1)
The Influence of Control on Health
538(4)
The Stress-Buffering Power of Control
542(1)
The Influence of Control on Immunity and Healing
543(2)
Endnotes
545(2)
Chapter 20: Self-Esteem and Health
547(12)
What Is Self-Esteem?
548(2)
Where Does Self-Esteem Come From?
550(1)
The Impact of Self-Esteem on the Body
551(1)
Self-Efficacy: Believing in Yourself
552(4)
Endnotes
556(3)
Chapter 21: The Healing Power of Humor and Laughter
559(24)
Professional Trends Toward Humor
561(2)
The Impact of Humor on Health
563(7)
Laughter: The Best Medicine
570(3)
The Health Benefits of Laughter
573(7)
Endnotes
580(3)
PART VI THE INTERVENTION OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 583(83)
Chapter 22: The Importance of Nutrition to Mind and Body Health
585(25)
The Basic Principles of Nutrition
586(3)
The Typical American Diet
589(1)
How Nutrition Affects the Brain
590(5)
How Nutrition Affects Physical and Mental Health
595(1)
Obesity
596(1)
Insulin Resistance
597(3)
The "Second Brain": The Gastrointestinal Tract
600(4)
The Impact of Wheat Allergies on the Brain
604(1)
Conclusion
604(1)
Endnotes
605(5)
Chapter 23: Behavioral Medicine Treatment: Effects on Medical and Health Outcomes and Costs
610(32)
The Connection Between Mental Stress and Medical Symptoms
613(2)
Outcome Data from Behavioral Medicine Interventions
615(2)
High-Volume Users of Medical Care and Resources
617(3)
Outcomes for Specific Medical Illnesses
620(8)
Cost and Medical Care Utilization Issues
628(7)
Endnotes
635(7)
Chapter 24: Methods of Intervention and the Principles of Stress Resilience
642(24)
Lessons from Cancer Studies
643(2)
Four Core Principles Underlying Stress Resilience and Well-Being
645(3)
A Sense of Empowerment and Personal Control
648(3)
Cognitive Structuring and Therapy
651(3)
Basic Elements of Behavior Change
654(1)
Methods of Eliciting the Relaxation Response
654(3)
Methods of Changing Behavior
657(1)
Other Ways to Change Behavior
658(2)
Mind-Body Treatment: Can It Change the Course of Disease?
660(2)
The Spiritual Connection
662(2)
Endnotes
664(2)
Epilogue 666(9)
Appendix A The Elements of Human Fulfillment 675(3)
Appendix B The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 678(1)
Appendix C The Misunderstood Alternative: Effective Type B Characteristics That Can Protect from Heart Disease 679(2)
Name Index 681(7)
Subject Index 688


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