The Psychology of Well Being

The Psychology of Well Being

The Psychology of Well Being

The Psychology of Well Being

Synopsis

Along with biological and medical factors, psychological factors must also be considered in health and well being. Stress plays a major role in physical illness, and stress management is therefore critical to establishing good health and well being behavior. William Miley offers a biopsychosocial approach emphasizing the complex interactions between biologoical, psychological, social, and cultural factors. Lifestyles are a fertile ground for psychological intervention to maintain health and well being. This book focuses on contemporary lifestyle patterns offering positive behaviors to initiate and maintain healthy lifestyles and maintain well being.

Excerpt

I must confess that one of my goals in writing this book was to indulge my passion for continuing to learn as much as possible about theories and practices that enhance the quality of life. In reading, thinking, and writing about the many exciting developments in this area, I find applications everywhere. As a clinical and health psychologist, I see people for mental health reasons, and I have come to believe that health and lifestyle issues are fundamental not only to physical health but mental health as well. For example, exercise may be of significant benefit for mild to moderate depression, it improves self-image, and good ideas seem to pop into one's head while doing it. Personally, I try as much as possible to use health-enhancing principles in my own life in areas such as diet, exercise, and other positive lifestyle behaviors. I hope students learn as much by reading this text as I did in writing it and that my enthusiasm for this field comes through in my writing.

I have included in this book, where appropriate, boxes to enhance a topic and make it more meaningful, and I have presented exercises in several chapters which apply theoretical knowledge to everyday use. I have included chapter outlines at the beginning of each chapter and glossaries at the end which define and explain new terms highlighted in the text, and I have ended each chapter with a summary.

This book does not assume any previous knowledge of psychology or the health professions, but it should be of value to psychology majors, students in the social sciences, and others who are interested in theories and behaviors that enhance the quality of life.

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