Lecture 9

Perceivethemselvesasmorevulnerabletofuture illness

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Unformatted text preview: ed memories Report fewer symptoms Those in a negative mood Report more symptoms Are pessimistic about relieving their symptoms Perceive themselves as more vulnerable to future illness Recognition and Interpretation of Recognition and Interpretation of Symptoms: Interpretation Example: A man in his 20s arriving at the Emergency Room with a number of relatives His only symptom: A sore throat Cultural interpretation: Staff joked about Italian families panicking over illness Actual significance of symptom: The man’s brother had died of Hodgkin’s disease and the first symptom, a sore throat, had not been treated. Recognition and Interpretation of Recognition and Interpretation of Symptoms: Interpretation Expectations People may ignore symptoms that they are not expecting People may amplify symptoms that they do expect Example: Premenstrual Symptoms Women close to menstruation interpret vague discomfort as “premenstrual” The same symptoms are ignored at different times in the mens...
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