Mending the Broken Heart : A Psychological Perspective on Preventing and Treating Heart Disease
This study deals with the psychological factors that are often neglected in the treatment of heart disease. It shows how psychotherapists and physicians can work together to meet the needs of the whole person.
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- Paperback | 296 pages
- 136 x 206 x 18mm | 363g
- 01 Nov 1996
- Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Northvale NJ, United States
Back cover copy
Little agreement exists regarding the etiology and treatment of heart disease. However, what is clear is that the psychological contributions to heart disease have been given scant attention. In this volume Herbert Strean demonstrates the strong relationship between stress and heart disease and develops the concept of "the cardiac personality". The cardiac personality is an expansion of the Type A personality, but in contrast to the superficiality of the Type A formulation, careful attention is paid to the patient's childhood experiences, work life, love life, and everyday behavior. Strean shows how to help the patient move from omnipotence to potency, from hostility to assertiveness, from dependency to autonomy on the therapeutic path to emotional as well as physical recovery.