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

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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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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

1 The point of departure : the pillars of the health psychology edifice 1
2 'Bad boys' and prenatal programming 47
3 Between psychiatry and medicine : illness in search of a place 83
4 The deadly trio 119
A The obesity epidemic 119
B Cognitive decline : factors and targets 153
C Self-destructive behavior : the cultural perspective 193
5 Collective exaggerated emotions 225
6 A complementary point of view 251
7 Holistic philosophy and a recipe for causative goulash 301
8 If health psychology is the answer, what was the question? 343
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