Emotion, Disclosure, and Health

Pages: 337
Item #: 4318401
ISBN: 978-1-55798-943-7
List Price: $14.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $14.95
Copyright: 1995
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Investigators have verified that talking or writing about traumatic events can alleviate distress, improve immune function, and lead to a healthier experience of life. But the links among trauma, emotional expression, and health have been difficult to study. In Emotion, Disclosure, and Health, influential researchers in psychology and anthropology present a much-needed cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural examination of the disclosure–health relationship.

Why does translating upsetting events into words promote mental and physical health? How can our understanding of this process lead to clinically useful and cost-effective applications? Emotion, Disclosure, and Health addresses these and other questions, as it illuminates the path from secrecy to psychopathology.

This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1995 hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

—James W. Pennebaker

Part One: Introduction

  1. Emotion, Disclosure, and Health: An Overview
    —James W. Pennebaker
  2. A Cultural and Historical Perspective on Confession
    —Eugenia Georges

Part Two: Cognitive Processes in Inhibiting and Disclosing

  1. From Secrecy to Psychopathology
    —Daniel M. Wegner and Julie D. Lane
  2. Disclosure and Worry: Opposite Sides of the Emotional Processing Coin
    —Thomas D. Borkovec, Lizabeth Roemer, and John Kinyon
  3. Disclosure as a Speech Act: Is It Psychotherapeutic to Disclose?
    —William B. Stiles
  4. The Power of the Narrative: A Multiple Code Account
    —Wilma Bucci

Part Three: Emotions, Expressiveness, and Psychosomatics

  1. Emotional Attention, Clarity, and Repair: Exploring Emotional Intelligence Using the Trait Meta-Mood Scale
    —Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, Susan Lee Goldman, Carolyn Turvey, and Tibor P. Palfai
  2. Inhibition and Muscle Tension in Myogenic Pain
    —Harald C. Traue
  3. Repression, Emotional Disclosure, and Health: Theoretical, Empirical, and Clinical Considerations
    —Gary E. Schwartz and John P. Kline
  4. Confrontation: Inhibition, Alexithymia, and Health
    —Dario Paez, Nekane Basabe, Maite Valdoseda, Carmen Velasco, and Ioseba Iraurgi
  5. Repression, Disclosure, and Immune Function: Recent Findings and Methodological Issues
    —Keith J. Petrie, Roger J. Booth, and Kathryn P. Davison

Part Four: Clinical and Social Dimensions of Disclosure

  1. Emotionality and Health: Lessons From and for Psychotherapy
    —Michael J. Mahoney
  2. The Roles of Disclosure and Emotional Reversal in Clinical Practice
    —Benjamin Domínguez, Pablo Valderrama, María de los Angeles Meza, Sara Lidia Pérez, Amparo Silva, Gloria Martínez, Victor Manuel Méndez, and Yolanda Olvera
  3. Mental Rumination, Social Sharing, and the Recovery From Emotional Exposure
    —Bernard Rimé
  4. Cultural Similarities and Differences Regarding Emotional Disclosure: Some Examples From Indonesia and the Pacific
    —Jane Wellenkamp

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editor

Editor Bio
James W. Pennebaker is a professor and the chair of the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Since receiving his PhD in 1977 from the University of Texas at Austin, he has studied the links between the mind and body, including how people perceive physical symptoms, how and when traumatic experiences affect biological activity, and why writing or talking about emotional upheavals can improve physical and mental health. His research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, has resulted in 5 books and over 100 scientific articles.