Publisher description for Emotions, stress, and health / Alex J. Zautra.


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In this volume, Zautra illustrates how experience with difficult or stressful emotional situations can, contrary to popular belief, be beneficial; for example, our ability to adapt to stress can be improved by experiencing difficult moments of emotional intensity. Although people often feel the need to cope with problems before beginning to pursue happiness, the ability to move forward does not depend solely on correcting problems. The quality of our lives depends upon how well we integrate both the negative and the positive. Zautra identifies a unique and important role for stressful life events in shaping awareness of our emotional experiences. He offers an insightful view of how stress and emotions can influence health and illness, demonstrates the wide applicability of this perspective across domains of love and marriage, work, aging, and community, and provides new insights into clinical problems through a review of research on chronic pain, depression, child abuse, and addiction.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Clinical health psychology.
Stress (Psychology)
Emotions.