Week 12 - Personality II: Personality & Health Topic 10...

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Unformatted text preview: Personality II: Personality & Health Topic 10 Brendon Dellar Psychology 123 Personality & Health What are the relationships between personality and general health? Personality and mental health An introduction to disorders of personality Personality & Health Relationship What is health? Not the opposite of illness but the notion of wellness Personality governs how we perceive events and how we respond to these events (behaviour) Personality impacts directly on healthy/ unhealthy behaviours eg: exercise versus smoking Stress & the Cardiac System What is perceived as stressful (personality mediated) can result in psychological reactions eg: release of hormones in the fight or flight response Physical stress Psychogenic stress Prolonged psychogenic stress can result in an increased risk for the development of coronary heart disease (Friedman & Ulmer, 1984) Type A/ B Personality Type A Type B Competitive Easygoing Hard-driving Relaxed Impatient Non-competitive Verbally aggressive Reflective Anger-prone Self-analytical Type A Indicator for Increased Risk In Friedman & Rosenmans (1984) study of 3 000 men, 257 had a heart attack Biological hypothesis versus behavioural hypothesis Biology release of fatty acids Behaviour increase in unhealthy behaviours amongst type A Type C Personality? According to Temoshok & Heller (1992) represents those at higher risk for cancer Characterised by internalised anger holding anger within or bottling it up and passive- aggressive style Often appear over-giving No strong empirical evidence to suggest that a...
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This note was uploaded on 07/29/2008 for the course PSY 123 taught by Professor Various during the Three '04 term at Curtin.

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Week 12 - Personality II: Personality & Health Topic 10...

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