Psychology And Health : Aspects Of The Mind That Affect Everyday Health

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Abstract In the book Applied Psychology in Everyday Life published on 2011 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, included is the 20 page section titled Psychology and Health: Aspects of the Mind That Affect Everyday Health, by the author Michael B. Johnson, who discusses the importance of one’s own perspective and how we ourselves view life, and how all of this contributes to how one feels towards oneself and towards others. The author says that in order for an individual to fully enjoy life, they must learn how to manage their personal experiences since a being is greatly impacted by these involvements to the point in which it can affect their physical health. Therefore one must become self-aware of these experiences, and control them so they do not lead to depression, stress, or attentional hyperactivity (which results from multitasking too many things at once while your mind races to keep up). There are four factors discussed by the author that he believes can be controlled by us in order to maintain a happy state of mind, these include: conation, attention, cognition, and affect.
In conation, which involves both volition (aspirations) and intention (completing your goals), these two aspects play a key part in what makes us pleased and fulfilled. On the other hand, conative deficit is when one feels unmotivated, lazy, or uninterested, which can lead to hopelessness. In addition, fueled by one’s obsession to be perfect, conative hyperactivity easily occurs. This can lead to…

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