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The Fallacy of Mother's Wisdom: A Critical Perspective on Health Psychology [Paperback]

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Health psychology is an offer of help, an effort to understand how biological, behavioral, and social factors influence health and illness. As one of the fast-growing sub-specialties, it has now outstripped other divisions of psychology in terms of excitement in the public eye. And yet a new occupation was built on somewhat unrealistic, idealized assumptions. The title of this book was therefore chosen to emphasize the fact that an extensive critique of those assumptions is essential. This book proposes arbitrary boundaries for a discourse on health psychology. The array of subjects is based on two major themes: the foundation of health psychology and the range of disorders where psychological knowledge might benefit the sick; and the question of whether or not health psychology has a systematic and pragmatic structure so as to qualify as a profession.

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   451
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 2004
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9812384588  
ISBN13  9789812384584  

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Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers  Aug 27, 2006
I love books that force us to think about issues in a new way, and if they skewer a few sacred cows along the way, so much the better! I think that it was Mark Twain who said, "Sacred cows make the best hamburgers."

This wise and witty book examines many of the myths of psychosomatic medicine that have proliferated in recent years. Every day I receive articles from people telling me that changing our mental states can cure serious diseases. Often these promises come with some vague comment about quantum mechanics. The trouble is that there is a small germ of truth in this: beliefs undoubtedly play an important role in health and illness. (See, for example, The Power of Belief by Peter Halligan). And there is some evidence that a positive mental illness may have a positive impact on the outcome of some illnesses. But despite an impressive array of anecdotes, the evidence that you can wish illnesses away is at best flimsy.

Professor Myslobodsky discusses the scientific evidence for such claims. He reviews a wealth of new information derived from brain imaging, psychology, genetics and many other sources that are helping us to sort out the truth.

The chapter headings give you a good idea of what lies in store:
The Point of Departure: The Pillars of the Health Psychology Edifice
`Bad Boys' and Prenatal Programming
Between Psychiatry and Medicine: Illness in Search of a Place
The Deadly Trio:
The Obesity Epidemic
Cognitive Decline: Factors and Targets
Self-destructive Behavior: The Cultural Perspective

Collective Exaggerated Emotions
A Complementary Point of View
Holistic Philosophy and a Recipe for Causative Goulash
If Health Psychology is the Answer, What was the Question?

This is a well-reasoned and erudite book, but the author certainly does not use his erudition to impress, but to illuminate. I certainly do not agree with all of his points, particularly his views about complementary medicine. But I am just as sure that the author would enjoy debating my objections to some of his comments.

This is a well written and scholarly book that is an easy read. For anybody interested in the interface between psychology, health and disease, this is a splendid book.

Highly recommended.

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