Coping with Aging

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Overview

Coping with Aging is the final project of the late Richard S. Lazarus, the man whose landmark book Emotion and Adaptation put the study of emotion in play in the field of psychology. In this volume, Lazarus examines the experience of aging from the standpoint of the individual, rather than as merely a collection of statistics and charts. This technique is in line with his long-standing belief that experiences should be looked at in their specific contexts, rather than squeezed into an overly general statistical viewpoint that loses the subjects' motivations. Drawing on his five decades of pioneering research, Lazarus looks at aging, emotion, and coping, and stability and change in both environment and personality. Because Lazarus mixes academic rigor with everyday examples, this volume will be both useful to scholars and accessible to the lay audience that has so much gain from a systematic understanding of aging and emotion.

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"...may mark a breakthrough of sorts in this area...this book enlightens, engages, and outlines very clearly and concisely what aging is like, what problems we will have as we all age, and what we can possibly do to confront the massive challenges of aging head-on and cope as best as we can. I dare say that this book should be recommended reading for those of us who think about the daily process of aging."—PsycCRITIQUES
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195173024
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

University of California, Berkeley (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Part I: Inspiration and Overview
Introduction: Aging, once over lightly
Chapter 1. The typical course of aging
Part II: Theoretical Framework
Chapter 2. The emotions and research problems
Chapter 3. Coping
Part III: Stability and Change
Chapter 4. The environment
Chapter 5. The personality
Part IV: Central Experiences of Aging: Case Histories
Chapter 6. Family and friends
Chapter 7. A different doctor for every organ
Chapter 8. Loss of a useful function in life-Work
Part V: Practical Applications
Chapter 9. Psychological treatment
Chapter 10. Principles of successful aging
References

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