An Introduction to Health Psychology by Val Morrison, Paul Bennett

By Val Morrison, Paul Bennett

An creation to wellbeing and fitness Psychology provides thought via an appreciation of ways society and tradition effect in perform. It specializes in 3 wide topics: * wellbeing and fitness, future health behaviour and staying fit * changing into ailing and utilizing healthcare * Being unwell and the impression at the person and their households. The booklet covers all mainstream health and wellbeing psychology subject matters and in addition presents assurance of an important modern concerns resembling cross-cultural dimensions of health and wellbeing and affliction. Chapters are based logically and rationalization added with genuine readability. this is often the publication that might interact and educate scholars in a completely new approach.

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2000: 56). Obviously, health promotion efforts need to acknowledge that different underlying ethos exist if the promotion of health preventive practices are to be maximally effective (see Chapters 6 and 7). In the Western worlds, there is a growing recognition of the value of non-traditional (medical) remedies for health maintenance or treatment of symptoms, and the alternative medicine and therapy industries have grown enormously. This mixture of Western and non-medical/traditional medicine has long been common in many regions of sub-Saharan Africa, where, for example in Malawi, a person may visit a faith healer or a herbalist as well as a local Western clinic for antibiotics.

A key influence was Sigmund Freud in the 1920s and 1930s, who redefined the mind–body problem as one of ‘consciousness’. Freud postulated the existence of an ‘unconscious mind’ following examination of patients with conversion hysteria. g. Freud and Breuer 1895). Freud stimulated much work into unconscious conflict, personality and illness, which ultimately led to the development of the field of psychosomatic medicine as we now know it. g. qxd 23/09/2005 16:49 Page 9 WHAT IS HEALTH? CHANGING PERSPECTIVES 9 thinking certainly did set the groundwork for fascinating studies of physiological processes that may link personality type to disease (see Chapter 11’s discussion of hostility and heart disease associations, for example).

These religious views persisted for many, many centuries, slowly beginning to be challenged by the early fourteenth and fifteenth centuries with the start of a period known as the Renaissance. The Renaissance was a period of ‘rebirth’, when individual thinking became increasingly dominant and the religious perspective became only one among many. qxd 23/09/2005 16:49 Page 6 6 CHAPTER 1 • WHAT IS HEALTH? dualism the idea that the mind and body are separate entities (cf. Descartes). mechanistic a reductionist approach that reduces behaviour to the level of the organ or physical function.

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