Stress and Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions is a brief and accessible examination of psychological stress and its psychophysiological relationships with cognition, emotions, brain functions, and the peripheral mechanisms by which the body is regulated. Updated throughout, the Third Edition covers two new and significant areas of emerging research: how our early life experiences alter key stress responsive systems at the level of gene expression; and what large, normal, and small stress responses may mean for our overall health and well-being.
Chapter 12: Behavior, Stress, and Health
Behavior, Stress, and Health
At the beginning of this book, the question was posed asking how ideas could come to have power over our bodies. From the point of a truly behavioral medicine, we need to understand how all of our behaviors, including our thoughts and emotions, can interrelate with our physical selves. As this book has tried to show, the study of psychological stress is perfectly suited to this task because it forces us to consider how our perceptions and interpretations of the world can result in negative emotions and how these can change the autonomic and endocrine influences on the rest of the body.
The Historical Dilemma of Mind-Body Dualism
We have addressed the mind-body relationship and the concept of psychological ...