Personality and Disease

Personality and Disease

Scientific Proof vs. Wishful Thinking

1st Edition - June 29, 2018

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  • Editor: Christoffer Johansen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054451
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128053003

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A tremendous amount of research has been performed looking at the relationship between personality and disease. Research on this topic has been spread throughout scientific journals on psychology, behavioral health, psychoneuroimmunology, oncology, and epidemiology. Personality and Disease brings this research together in one place for the first time. With contributions from world experts, the book summarizes research findings on personality as it relates to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and allergies, dementia, and more. Is there such a thing as a cancer- prone personality? Do sadness, anger, stress, or shyness affect the likelihood that we will fall ill to specific diseases? Can we protect ourselves from disease through a positive outlook? This book will address both what we know, and what we persist in believing despite evidence to the contrary, and why such beliefs persist in the face of evidence.

Key Features

  • Investigates whether and how personality affects disease generally
  • Includes cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and dementia
  • Separates fact from fiction, evidence from beliefs
  • Collates research from a wide variety of scientific domains
  • Contains international perspectives from top scholars


Researchers in health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, behavioral medicine

Table of Contents

  • 1. A Brief Historical Overview on Links Between Personality and Health
    Jesper Dammeyer and Ingo Zettler
    2. How to Measure the Personality
    Per Bech
    3. Personality as Determinant of Smoking, Alcohol Consumption, Physical Activity, and Diet Preferences
    Christian Hakulinen and Markus Jokela
    4. Personality and Cardiovascular Disease
    Pernille E. Bidstrup, Ivalu K. Sørensen and Emil Wolsk
    5. Personality and Type 2 Diabetes: An Overview of the Epidemiological Evidence
    Mika Kivimäki, G. David Batty and Markus Jokela
    6. Personality and Dementia: Personality as Risk Factor or as Early Manifestation in Dementing Disorders?
    Lianne M. Reus, Lena Johansson and Pieter J. Visser
    7. Personality, Asthma, and Allergies
    Adrian Furnham and Helen Cheng
    8. The Personality and Risk for Cancer
    Christoffer Johansen
    9. Personality and Social Relationships: As Thick as Thieves
    Marcus Mund, Bertus F. Jeronimus and Franz J. Neyer
    10. Personality Genetics
    Jaime Derringer
    11. The Enduring Appeal of Psychosocial Explanations of Physical Illness
    Roderick D. Buchanan, Nick Haslam and Wade Pickren
    12. What Mechanisms Explain the Links Between Personality and Health?
    Deborah J. Wiebe, Anna Song and Maria D. Ramirez Loyola

Product details

  • No. of pages: 274
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: June 29, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054451
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128053003

About the Editor

Christoffer Johansen

Christoffer Johansen is a professor in the oncology clinic at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, and responsible for the first Psychosocial Cancer Research Unit at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology with the Danish Cancer Society (EPI). He has 450+ peer-reviewed publications and 4 published books on cancer, with an h factor of 60. He holds several editor positions in cancer survivorship journals, is past president of The International Society of Psycho-Oncology, and has served on scientific advisory boards for The Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Karolinska Institute, and The Hamburg Cancer Research Center, Eppendorf. He additionally has been a senior advisor to the Danish National Board of Health. In his scientific career, Christoffer Johansen received and managed grants for more than 25 million dollars. Dr. Johansen received his MD in 1986, his PhD in psychosocial cancer epidemiology in 1994 and his Doctor of Medical Sciences in environmental cancer epidemiology in 2004 at the University of Copenhagen. His main research areas are psychological and social factors in relation to cancer, electromagnetic fields and cancer, and genetic factors in relation to brain tumors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychosocial Cancer Research, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Copenhagen, Denmark

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