The Attitude Factor: Extend Your Life By Changing The Way You Think

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iUniverse, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 260 pages
Happiness and good health can decline or improve with age depending upon important mental habits learned in childhood. Viewing the mind as a self-organizing system, Blakeslee shows how we can improve our attitudes by reorganizing "critical moments" where a tiny effort can profoundly affect future development to help you identify unhealthy attitudes, attitude tests given to three thousand elderly people in 1973 are included. Follow-ups 21 years later showed an amazing correlation between scores on these tests and good health. The 300 people with highest scores were 30 times more likely to be alive and well than the 200 lowest!
 

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Contents

Keeping Your Youthful Joy
1
Why Attitudes Decline
14
Chaos and Attitude Development
26
Pain Pleasure and Placebos
35
The Principles of Exercise
46
Expanding Your Comfort Zones
57
The Art of Minimal Selfcontrol
70
New Cures for Phobias
81
Sex Sensuality and Food
163
Ageing and Culture
175
Principles of Rutbusting
185
The Pleasure and Wellbeing Test
193
The Selfregulation Questionnaire
195
About Dr GrossarthMaticek
206
The Attitude Factor Web Site
208
Selected Bibliography
211

Changing Hopeless Situations
93
Being Careful Can Kill You
117
Expanding Your Boundaries
137
Developing Optimism and Complexity
151
Notes and References
219
Index
240
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