When this book was first conceived, the last chapter was tentatively titled "Applications of the Techniques of Behavioral Medicine for the Treatment of Mood Disorders." This choice of subject matter was not due to the fact that I knew of any such research, it merely seemed self-evident that it should exist. After all, behavioral medicine has utilized the mind to influence a large variety of physical organs, of which, theoretically, at least, the brain should be one. Therefore it did seem likely that my ignorance could be cured by a trip to the library or by questioning people working in either of the three subspecialties involved.
To my great surprise that assumption turned out to be wrong. There are no specific data of any significance. While everybody I have spoken to has indeed agreed that mine was a perfectly logical assumption, nobody has been able to tell why this omission exists. This holds true for biopsychiatrists as well as for psychologists specializing in techniques such as hypnosis, biofeedback, acupuncture, imaging, and the like, and it also holds true for researchers in behavioral medicine.
While there are some treatises in pop psychology which suggest that the reader picture him or herself as being already happy, slim, popular, or whatever, utilizing the power of self‐ hypnosis and of autosuggestion, both of which are undoubtedly beneficial, the scientific literature is silent on the subject.