Love, Fear, and Health: How Our Attachments to Others Shape Health and Health Care

Love, Fear, and Health: How Our Attachments to Others Shape Health and Health Care

by Robert Maunder, Jonathan Hunter

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442615601
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 09/16/2015
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Maunder is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the head of research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital.


Jonathan Hunter is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the head of the consultation-liaison division in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Section One: Vexing Health Care
1. What is Health Care?
2. Why Else Do We Get Sick?
3. Health Happens Between Us
Summary of Part One

Section Two: Attachment & Health
Introduction to Section Two: What is Attachment?
4. Attachment Sculpts the Brain
5. All Grown Up and Still Attached
6. Feeling secure is Good For You
7. Depression
8. Attachment is a Response to Stress
9. Why Are So Many of Us Fat, Drunk, Stationary Smokers?
10. I Don’t Know What You Have But I’ve Seen It Before and You Have It Bad
11. Trouble in the Patient-Provider Relationship
Summary of Part Two

Section Three: Relational Health Care
Introduction to Section Three: Principles of Adaptation and Change
12. How Health Care Providers Can Adapt When Attachment Anxiety Interferes
13. How Health Care Providers Can Adapt When Attachment Avoidance Interferes
14. How Health Care Providers Can Adapt When Fearful Attachment Interferes
15. Changing the System
16. Becoming More Secure
17. Beyond Health Care Relationships: A Wider attachment Perspective on Health

Afterword

What People are Saying About This

Jeremy Holmes

“Popular medical science at its very best, Maunder and Hunter’s impressive book defies superlatives: readable, accessible, amusing, and profound. The authors show how the evidence-based science of attachment is the key that unlocks the puzzle of chronic illness and illness-promoting behaviours, and how, through understanding the lure and dangers of the ubiquitous ‘weak force’ of insecure attachment, both can be ameliorated. Hyperbole aside, this is one of those rare books destined to be essential reading for doctors and health workers, at all levels, worldwide, and for years to come.”

Phillip R. Shaver

“What an excellent book! Fascinating, scientifically sound, clinically innovative, and gracefully written. While relying on attachment theory research for important applications to the health care field, it opens up topics for further research. It reads quickly and effortlessly because of its lucid prose, engaging author self-disclosures, and efficiently presented, highly instructive case examples. I thoroughly enjoyed it – as an attachment researcher, a sometimes patient negotiating today’s health care maze, and a fan of good stories about complex real beings.”

David Naylor

Love, Fear, and Health is brilliant. Every health care professional concerned with the psychological well-being of his or her patients should read it. More generally, I recommend this well-written and humane book to anyone concerned to understand why some people are happy and healthy, and others are not.”

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