Chopra, Deepak. Creating Health. Reprint. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. Chopra is a proponent of meditation, an approach that not all American psychologists feel comfortable advocating. Nevertheless, this book is written by a practicing physician for the layperson. He covers a wide variety of psychosomatic disorders, suggests a variety of healthy habits, and presents the viewpoint that "health is our natural state." Pert, Candace B. Molecules of Emotion. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. This is a highly accessible book written in an engaging style with wit and humor. Pert discusses her research on the scientific bases of mind-body medicine and the difficulties in integrating these concepts into Western medicine. The book contains appendices with a list of resources and practitioners, an extensive glossary, and recommended readings. Seligman, Martin E. P. Learned Optimism. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Chapter 2 provides an especially interesting account of how two young graduate students can upset one of the most basic assumptions of a well-entrenched viewpoint and promote the development of a new way of looking at things. Chapter 10 describes how explanatory styles might affect health and the mechanism by which this is thought to occur. A readable book which examines an interesting concept. Simonton, O. Carl, Stephanie Matthews-Simonton, andJames L. Creighton. Getting Well Again. New York: Bantam Books, 1980. Cancer researchers and therapists examine the mind-body connection, effects of beliefs, causes of cancer, effects of stress and personality, and effects of expectations on the development and progress of cancer. They describe a holistic approach to treatment, emphasizing relaxation and visual imagery, that is reported to produce cancer survival rates that are twice the national norm.
Taylor, Shelley E. Health Psychology. 5th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003. A moderately high-level college textbook that comprehensively covers the general field of health psychology. As could be expected, many research studies are presented, and not all of them corroborate one another. The general reader should have no particular difficulty handling this material; the writing is reader-friendly.
Wedding, Danny, ed. Behavior and Medicine. 3d ed. Seattle: Hogrefe & Huber, 2001. This large volume covers an extensive area of behavior and medicine, which include stress and various behaviors which may affect physiological health. The articles cover such behavioral issues as substance abuse, stress management, pain, placebos, AIDS, cardiovascular risk, and adherence to medical regimens. Other behavioral issues are covered which relate to love and work, as well as developmental issues from infancy to death, dying and grief. The book is readable and includes illustrations, bibliographies, summaries, and study questions at the end of each article.
John W. Nichols; updated by Martha Oehmke Loustaunau
See also: Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Cognitive Therapy; Emotions; Endocrine System; Learned Helplessness; Stress-Related Diseases.
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