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

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

by Michael S. Myslobodsky
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789812384577
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1The point of departure : the pillars of the health psychology edifice1
2'Bad boys' and prenatal programming47
3Between psychiatry and medicine : illness in search of a place83
4The deadly trio119
AThe obesity epidemic119
BCognitive decline : factors and targets153
CSelf-destructive behavior : the cultural perspective193
5Collective exaggerated emotions225
6A complementary point of view251
7Holistic philosophy and a recipe for causative goulash301
8If health psychology is the answer, what was the question?343

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