Tag Archives | James Pennebaker

Video: Tell the Truth; Your Health Depends On It.

It’s important for health to learn how to authentically self-express, to honestly say what you feel to others, to ask for what you want, and to be totally honest about what you don’t want. Studies have shown that hospitalized patients who are not afraid to do that are discharged earlier. Although it is important to […]

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Video: Authenticity and Self-Expression

People who are open, emotionally vulnerable and available, are healthier both mentally and physically. Through mindfulness, we can, and I recommend setting a clear intention everyday to be as open and vulnerable with everyone we meet. This practice dramatically reduces emotional distress along with it’s concomitant physiological stress. This leads to a life of mastery […]

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How Your Thinking Affects Your Health Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of 3 Increased emotional distress results in the release of catecholamines (substances allowing us to respond to stressors), which is damaging to the intimal endothelium (inner-most lining) of the coronary arteries. That, in turn, leads to release of free fatty acids, which results in increased platelet aggregation and lipid deposition at the site […]

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Health Effects of Avoidance Versus Acceptance

Effects on Health: The Physiology of Avoidance Versus Acceptance Now let’s take a look at the effects of experiential avoidance on health so we can see why it is so important for those of us with chronic medical conditions to become aware of experiential avoidance and strive to reduce it in our lives. Our health […]

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Authentic Self-Expression and Health Part 3

Expressive Writing and Immune Function Research psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky found in her psychotherapy practice that those who write are happier. Adopting the creative writing exercises of psychoneuroimmunology researcher James Pennebaker, she found that, for many people, it’s much easier to authentically self-express by writing in a private journal than to do that in psychotherapy sessions. […]

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